Underwater weapons

Naval Group designs and integrates underwater weapons that provide ships with deterrent or fire power.

The submarine threat is growing in the seas of the world, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, from the Indian Ocean to the South Pacific. Renewed activity by the Chinese, Russian or American navies, increasing naval defence budgets, construction of submarines of all sizes (mini-submarines, coastal, conventional or nuclear-powered submarines) to create or expand existing fleets: the result is hundreds of submarines traversing the world’s seas at all times, keeping States on the alert to preserve their sovereignty and interests. And underwater weapons are a key element of their naval strategies.

Torpedoes and countermeasures

With more than 1,000 torpedoes produced in 10 years, strategic projects under way and a strong ambition for development, the Naval Group Underwater Weapons Business Unit brings together nearly 300 employees in Saint-Tropez and Toulon, more than 50% of whom are engineers. The BU is specialised in the design and production of torpedoes, acoustic countermeasures and underwater drones. In particular, it produces the latest-generation F21 heavyweight torpedo for French Navy submarines.


Ship subsurface ballistic nuclear (SSBN) submarine at sea


Details of a ship subsurface ballistic nuclear (SSBN) submarine

Our underwater weapon offer

    F21, the last generation of heavyweight torpedo

    Benefiting of highly advanced mission system and very long endurance, F21 is the first heavyweight torpedo able to perform complex mission autonomously.

    F21 torpedo

    MU90, the reference in lightweight torpedo domain

    With nine navies equipped, it is also the deterrent underwater weapons to protect naval forces deployments as well as maritime approaches with sea proven outstanding performances.

    Firing of a MU90 torpedo

    CANTO®, a revolution in anti-torpedo defense

    Based on the dilution/confusion principle, CANTO® is the only countermeasure capable of protecting submarines and surface ships against the advanced torpedoes while remaining efficient against previous generation torpedoes.

    CANTO® countermeasure

    D19, the medium size Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

    An easy-to-use heavyweight torpedo size UUV able to perform a wide spectrum of long duration military missions.