Innovation is fundamental at DCNS. It has been at the heart of our DNA, ever since 1858 and creation of La Gloire, the world’s first armored frigate. This tradition followed with Le Narval, the first submarine, built in 1899, and continues right up to our own day, with the landing of a self-piloted drone on a frigate at sea – another world first. These technological breakthroughs at DCNS have been the reference for the naval, defence and energy industries, and have consolidated the Group’s position as global leader.

Facilitation innovation

Innovation is fundamental at DCNS. It has been at the heart of our DNA.

From research

Research as a source of innovation.

Collaborative research

Adding new customers, increasing competitive edge and consolidating leadership all call for investing in collaborative reseach.


FIC 2017 in Lille: DCNS presents the cyber-challenges of naval defence


System engineering: DCNS in Athens for the launch of the R&D Holiship project


DCNS and Airbus Helicopters join forces to design the French Navy’s future tactical VTOL drone system


DCNS, designer and integrator of drones on its combat vessels


For DCNS, the future of vessels is digital


DCNS unveils BELH@RRA®, the new-generation digital frigate