Naval Group performed a new launch of the F21 torpedo in the frame of the Artémis program led by the French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement – DGA)
Launched in early May 2018, the F21 torpedo was deployed from a nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). The launch was performed under the authority of the DGA in a DGA Missiles Testing’s underwater acoustic range off the Hyères coast
“This new successful test from a nuclear submarine is part of the F21 qualification process and reinforces our confidence in the reliability of the torpedo, which was nevertheless subject to a particularly demanding operational test scenario”, explains Damien Raby, director of Naval Group’s Underwater Weapons Business Unit. Identical to the combat torpedo currently under production, the F21 torpedo will be delivered to the French Navy as of 2019.
Performed in accordance with procedure and communication with the launcher, the test launch was operational throughout the exercise. Data was recorded in real-time which gave a full overview of the entire launch mission. This helped in validating the achievement of all objectives of the launch.
The F21 Torpedo is being designed to replace the F17 with a new generation, agile, faster, smarter, and more operational performance torpedo.
Designed to neutralize enemy ships and submarines, the F21 heavy torpedo boasts exceptional range and speed. Planned to evolve by sea bottom, the F21 torpedo would also function in very noise and dense coastal areas during maritime traffic.
The torpedo’s high computing power arms it with exceptional real-time processing capabilities. It benefits from an advanced mission system and has increased autonomy. Such technical features greatly increase the possibilities of tactical deployment including outstanding target discrimination ability
The contract not only includes the development and delivery of a hundred F21 torpedoes but also includes their integration on French submarines. Even the Brazilian Navy has decided to equip its submarines with the F21.
The world’s only new development in the heavy torpedo category, the F21 boasts characteristics that far exceed all other heavy torpedoes in active service. Other than its exceptional performance levels, its onboard tactical intelligence makes this torpedo crucial for the future design for underwater drones.