DCNS announced it has just performed a qualification firing of the F21 heavyweight torpedo as part of the Artémis program. Artémis program is led by the French armament procurement agency, the DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement).
Artémis aims to equip all French Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarines, including Suffren-class Barracuda units.
This qualification firing was performed under the authority of the DGA in a maritime area. It was preceded by about twenty industrial sea trials on prototypes from
DCNS’s test vessel Pégase and COMEX’s vessel JANUS, as well as from submarines.
This qualification firing was conducted off the Mediterranean coast, builds in particular on firings since the end of 2016.
F21 offers a range in excess of 50 km and a speed greater than 50 knots.