Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DCNS Conducts Further Sea Trials With BPC Dixmude

DCNS began new sea trials on 19 September with BPC Dixmude, the French Navy's third Mistral-class force projection and command vessel, which was ordered by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in April 2009.

This latest test campaign off Toulon is scheduled to last five days and will focus on the ship's communication, surveillance (3D radar), navigation and combat management systems. In this phase of the programme, DCNS's co-contractor STX will also conduct additional platform trials.

The new sea trials follow the tests conducted when the ship was first floated in April 2011 and when it sailed from Saint Nazaire to Toulon in July, which included platform trials and initial testing of the combat system.

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