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Feature 8 | EXHIBITION REPORT
Euronaval 2008
An exhibition of naval technology on a site some 100 nautical miles from
the sea may appear doomed to disaster but Euronaval 2008 in Paris in
October was a notable success.
T
he event had more than 350 However, the French Government’s 1400 designs. Russia’s Almaz was showing
exhibitors from 35 countries, decision to postpone its Porte Avion 2 (PA the 2200tonne Project 20382, designed
and the event anticipated 100 2) carrier, to reduce the Frégate Européenne specifically for export and with one ship
official delegations and 32,000 visitors Multi-Mission (FREMM) programme, already built without a customer, and the
– compared with 176 exhibiters from with the prospects of two anti-air warfare 465tonne Project 12300.
nine countries with 12,000 visitors when versions (to replace the cancelled Horizons), The USA, not a traditional supplier to this
Euronaval began in 1994. The event underlined the overall move towards smaller market, is seeking to leverage two domestic
also illustrated the growing diversity surface combatants, with Russia estimating a programmes, the National Security Cutter
of the world’s naval defence industries world market for 70 frigates and 50 corvettes (NSC) and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS),
with exhibitors not only from ‘the over the next decade. into the market. Northrop Grumman is
usual suspects’ in Europe but also from DCNS, for example, was showing its offering a 127.4m Patrol Frigate with its
Singapore, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela. ‘commercial’ FREMM as FM 400, in anti-air designed based on the NSC, while Lockheed
DCNS, Thales and MBDA held centre warfare, anti-submarine and land attack Martin is presenting a derivative of its LCS as
stage with the first displaying its broad versions, as well as its Gowind family of the Surface Combat Ship (SCS). This 115.3m
range of capabilities from aircraft carriers corvettes that has already attracted orders. semi-planing mono-hull design would
to torpedoes, including a model of the F21, CMN was showing its Combattante BR use an AN/SPY-1 radar and the Mk 41
which is the repackaged Eurotorp Black 70 and CL 78 corvette designs, while vertical launching system; Israeli interest
Shark to meet French requirements. Navantia was showing its Avante 1800 and is widely reported.
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