DCNS Swordship - 2006
The DCNS Swordship concept was introduced at the EuroNaval 2006 tradeshow. The DCNS Swordship is a notional concept of a guided-missile frigate circa 2030. It's a real warship concept, though its technology is speculative.
The integrated bridge is in an augmented reality room where the view from the outside is reproduced through a panoramic continuous screen on the virtual room’s walls. Redundant sets of (high definition) web cams provide the 360° view from the outside with no interruption from structural elements or any other obstacle of this sort. The four-man station is virtually projected outside and can see the ship’s surroundings better than one could ever do from a conventional bridge. Furthermore, the view can be completed with IR or night vision and even by radar spotted objects with information as needed (bearing, distance, speed, identification…) as well as with all relevant navigational information correlated from the Electronic Charts.
As the virtual bridge is no longer physically tied to the traditional bridge location, it may be put anywhere in the ship, or rather duplicated (one could not envision duplicate an entire CIC but a 4-station room is affordable). The secondary station may ten serve as a training center at sea. In addition, it is possible likewise to reproduce the same virtual bridge at the headquarters and train officers in live situations. This could be the last step before taking full control of the ship from the shore.
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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