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DCNS Surface Conceptship - 2010

The DCNS Surface Conceptship was introduced at the EuroNaval 2010 tradeshow. The DCNS Surface Conceptship is a notional concept of a guided-missile frigate circa 2030. It's a real warship concept, though its technology is speculative. Architectural mirrors of the naval ambitions of customers, concept ships prefigure the ship of tomorrow and explore new technological building blocks. Translating the onboard intelligence, robustness and stealth of ships, design magnifies their operational performance.

Automobile companies use concept cars to gauge public reactions to design features and decide whether to produce on a bigger scale. There is intense pressure on the manufacturers and their suppliers to innovate and to reduce production costs through the adoption of new technologies. Concept cars features striking designs characterized by aerodynamically efficient and curvaceous fluid lines. Inside, the styling is equally futuristic. The costs of innovation are very high. For example, the total cost of developing a new vehicle from concept to prototype may be hundreds of millions of dollars; moving it from prototype to production typically costs billions more.

Like the automakers, the shipbuilder presents at the military naval show prototype models ships that bring together all its know-how. It foreshadows the innovations that will appear in its future range of ships. Each year at the EuroNaval exhibit, DCNS presents a concentrate of its axes of innovation and know-how in the field of ships, in the form of a 'Concept-Ship'. DCNS has used the Euronaval exhibition in Paris to unveil its concept ships, combining all of the Group's main innovations for future naval systems, which it will use to help mature various technologies for future platforms. Most designs remain concept ships, but they give some pointers as to what a war ship might look like in the future.

EURONAVAL, held at the Parc des Expositions du Bourget, is the most important naval defence event in the world. Since its creation in 1968, EURONAVAL has been exclusively devoted to naval defence and maritime security. This specialisiation in the naval sector allows it to attract the most astute industrial and State experts, and to offer a privileged venue for supply and demand of all types From the Asia-Pacific zone, the American continent and the Middle East through to Africa, order prospects are very strong, from heavily armed large warships to small fast patrol boats, covering the whole range of surface and submarine naval capacities as well as maritime surveillance.

On a global scale, the military naval sector alone represents around 40 billion dollars, corresponding to delivieries of defence vessels. The American market is stable and remains the largest, with approximately 12 billion dollars per year. This is followed by India, Australia and the Far East, all on the rise, with figures close to 12 billion dollars, not including future submarine contracts. The China-Russia block is showing strong growth and represents some 8 billion dollars of investments each year.

Since its creation in 1968, the French naval industry, grouped together under the GICAN (French Marine Industry Group) is at the heart of EURONAVAL organisation, via its subsidiary SOGENA. The GICAN is part of the CIDEF (French Defence Industry Council), with the GIFAS (French Aerospace Industries Association) and the GICAT (French Land Defence Manufactures Association), the three organisations that represent French defence industries as a whole.

DCNS is the European leader in Naval defense. As an international high-tech company, DCNS uses its extraordinary know-how, unique industrial resources and capacity to arrange innovative strategic partnerships to meet its clients requirements. The Group designs, produces and supports submarines and surface ships. The Group also provides services for naval shipyards and bases. The naval defence sector has been DCNS core business for almost four centuries. The Group is positioned as prime contractor and integrator for whole warships. It designs, manufactures and provides through life support for the most innovative surface naval systems and submarines on the market along with the associated critical systems. In addition, the Group offers a wide range of marine renewable energy solutions. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, DCNS is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The Group reports revenues of 3.2 billion and has a workforce of 12,800 employees.



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