The naval shipyard DCN Cherbourg has awarded SPIE Ouest-Centre the contract to manufacture and install pipework and mechanical systems for "Le Terrible", France's fourth next-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE). This will be the first submarine to carry the new M51 nuclear missiles. The first sea trials of "Le Terrible" are scheduled for early 2009, with the vessel entering active service in 2010.
SPIE Ouest-Centre's involvement in this project is worth €4 million in fixed-fee work packages; supplemental orders may increase the contract value to a total of €8 million.
Approximately 25 staff from the Ship Building and Repair Department will spend almost two years on this project, working in the missile magazines and the aft section of the submarine.
This major deal with DCN Cherbourg should put SPIE Ouest-Centre in a strong competitive position when the first three SNLE-NG class submarines (Triomphant, Téméraire and Vigilant) are refitted to carry the M51 during their next major overhaul, to be carried out in Brest from 2010.
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