Le Terrible nuclear submarine launched

14 April 2008

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has launched Le Terrible (The Awesome), a 138 meter submarine powered by an Areva TA 150 MW K15 pressurised water reactor. Le Terrible joins its sister ships, Le Triomphant, Le Téméraire and Le Vigilant (The Triumphant, The Bold and The Vigilant). The submarine, weighing 14,000 tonnes and consisting of more than one million components, will enter active service in 2010. It will be the last of Le Triomphant class vessels; construction will begin on six Barracuda class submarines, again powered by K15 units, over the next decade.