UK cylinder maker catches some Barracudas


The production of ultra-large naval cylinders as far ahead as 2020, is currently being planned as a result of a major new export order won by the UK’s Chesterfield Special Cylinders Ltd.

The company, based in Sheffield, is set to supply sets of high-pressure air cylinders to be built into the next generation of nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) for the French navy – nicknamed the ‘Barracudas’.

The contract, estimated to be worth around £3m over a seven year period, was signed with DCNS after the French naval constructor was awarded the first phase of the programme by the French procurement agency (DGA).

The cylinders will operate in the Barracudas at 275 bar (275 times atmospheric pressure) and will provide back-up breathing and operational systems power.

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