French submarine Terrible (S619)

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Le Terrible surfaced at Brest
History
France
Name: Le Terrible
Cost: 3.1 billion (2010)[1]
Laid down: 24 October 2000
Launched: 21 March 2008
Commissioned: 20 September 2010 [2]
Homeport: Île Longue
General characteristics
Class and type: Triomphant-class submarine
Displacement:
  • 12 640 tonnes (surfaced)
  • 14 335 t (submerged)
Length: 138 m (453 ft)
Beam: 12.50 m (41.0 ft)
Draught: 10.60 m (34.8 ft)
Propulsion:
  • Pressurised water K15 nuclear reactor (150 MW (200,000 hp)), turboreductor system, Pump-jet
  • 2 SEMT Pielstick diesels-alternators 8PA4V200 SM (700 kW (940 hp)) auxiliaries.
  • 30,500 kW (40,900 hp)
Speed: over 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: Unlimited distance; 20–25 years
Test depth: Over 400 m (1,300 ft)
Complement:
  • 15 officers
  • 96 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sonar DMUX 80
  • Sonar DUUX 5
  • Sonar DSUV 61B Very Low Frequency
  • Racal Decca radar (navigation)
  • SCC : SET (Système d'exploitation Tactique) : tactical operational system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
ARUR 13
Armament:
  • Nuclear : 16 M51 SLBM missiles with TN 75 warheads
  • Anti-submarine : 4 × 533 mm (21 in) tubes for F17 torpedoes
  • Anti-surface : Exocet SM39

Le Terrible is a Triomphant-class strategic nuclear submarine of the French Navy. The boat was launched on 21 March 2008 [3]

On 27 January 2010, at 9h25, Le Terrible launched an M51 SLBM from underwater, in Audierne Bay.[4] The missile reached its target 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off North Carolina; the 4,500-kilometre (2,800 mi) flight took about 20 minutes.[5]

The submarine was put into service on 20 September 2010 armed with the 16 M51 missiles.[2] Terrible is fitted with a new SYCOBS combat system (SYstem de COmbat Barracuda-SSBN) which will also be installed on the new Barracuda class SSNs.[6][7]

In July 2017 French president Macron visited the submarine in the Atlantic and took part in a simulated missile launch.[8]

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