SNLE-3G - next gen French SSBN program

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Expected into service in ~2032. 16 SLBMs, 14,500 tons surfaced.
 

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Good article!

Not sure I'd describe the stern control surfaces as particularly large though, it's merely the aspect ratio (span vs. area) which is markedly different to other designs IMHO. One possible advantage of this configuration is apparent from the beam view drawing: the surfaces probably do not protrude beyond the maximum cross section of the hull - maybe it is intended to be capable of sitting on the sea bed?

Oh, and Columbia class, right ;)
 

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Yes, I've noticed that tendency as well! In this particular instance the low aspect ratio may offer a readily apparent explanation, but that doesn't apply to Barracuda et al.
 
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