Naval defence

Naval Group is an all-round expert in naval defence. Naval Group relies on its far-reaching and unique positioning in order to succeed in a context with a constantly evolving balance. It allows Naval Group to finely tailor its offer to each navy's needs.

Naval Group holds a unique position. While many contributors have a role to play in only part of the industrial chain of naval defence, we are the only group present throughout the entire life cycle of whole warships, from the preliminary design through to the deconstruction and physical and functional integration of systems.

400 years alongside the French Navy

Naval Group has been working alongside the French Navy for over 400 years as designer, manufacturer and integrator of surface ships and submarines. Demanding and efficient, the French Navy ensures the sovereignty of the second largest maritime domain in the world after the United States.

The French Navy has played a leading role in the development of ships such as the Belh@rra® digital frigate and the Barracuda-class ship nuclear attack submarine. These ships are inspired by the FREMM multimission frigate and Le Triomphant-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) respectively. The successful modernisation of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in just 18 months demonstrates our ability to manage complex programs in very challenging environments.

50 navies have chosen Naval Group as their trusted partner

Naval Group serves 50 navies around the world. Fifty navies who place their trust in us to design the naval solutions of tomorrow, manage some of the most complex projects in the world and provide efficient and innovative solutions throughout the life cycle of their ships. Naval Group ensures transfer of technology for these navies to enable them to become fully autonomous in terms of naval defence.


Long-term partnerships

The navies that enter into a contract with Naval Group, whether in India, Malaysia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Egypt or Brazil, opt for a long-term trust-based relationship and a partnership within which we fully demonstrate our ability to listen to their needs. This also gives them access to scalable solutions that use the latest innovations as soon as it is possible to integrate them on board. Naval Group submarines and surface ships benefit from combat superiority, excellent interoperability capacity and maximum endurance at sea.

Multiple naval programs

A 360° naval defence is a reality reflected in multiple naval programs. Amongst these are ships delivered as part of export contracts: Belh@rra® defence and intervention frigates (FDI), Gowind®, ocean-going corvettes with stealth and endurance, minehunters, multimission armed patrol vessels, the Ocean Patrol Vessels (OPV).
More recently, Vagir, a conventional Scorpène® class submarine was successfully delivered to the Indian Navy in January 2023, thanks to a unique transfer of technology program contributing to the navy’s autonomy.

Image 3D illustration of the future Australian submarine (AFS)

Fleet services

Maintaining and modernising fleets and training those who will use and maintain our ships and their systems is essential for optimised operational performance, at all times and over the long term. Here too, navies can rely on Naval Group as their trusted partner. Services represent an important part of our business, accounting for 38 % of our revenue, both in France and internationally.

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Naval Group serves the strategic missions of navies

    Surveillance and prevention

    Protecting the territory, anticipating and combating all forms of trafficking.


    Deterrence - the keystone of French defence, a preventive approach to protecting the country’s vital interests - is ensured primarily by four French nuclear ballistic missile submarines, stealthy and formidable warships, pillars of the Strategic oceanic force.

    La dissuasion


    Projection of force or power, thanks to effective and scalable weapon deployment means and systems.

    Logistic support for naval forces

    Enabling naval forces to be fully operational.

    Le soutien logistique aux forces navales

    Through-Life Support

    TLS of fleets and their upgrade, for maximum availability of naval forces.



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Scorpène®, an ocean-going submarine proven in action

Naval Group FREMM

Naval Group Barracuda

Naval Group Services

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  • Surface ships

    Naval supremacy


    Navires de surface : la suprématie navale
  • Submarines

    Further, stronger, longer


    Sous-marins plus loin, plus fort, plus longtemps
  • Systems

    Resilient and high-performance fleets


    Systèmes : des flottes performantes et résilientes
  • Equipment

    Extended and heightened performances


    Équipements : des performances étendues et décuplées
  • Services

    Navies ready to act at all times


    Services : des marines en pointe à tout moment
  • Underwater weapons

    Increasing threats


    Armes sous-marines : les menaces en hausse