Interview with Ferretti Security & Defence
Safran is a European leader in inertial navigation, including production of the navigation systems for France's SNLE ballistic missile nuclear submarines. Sagem offers two main families of shipborne inertial navigation systems: SIGMA for warships and BlueNaute for commercial ships, and for offshore and government vessels.
For warships, Safran offers all the advantages of the SIGMA 40 family, a system based on a laser gyro inertial core. Drawing on this advanced technology, the SIGMA 40 provides continuous, high-precision navigation data used by the ship's combat system. In line with NATO standards, SIGMA systems guarantee high precision even in the harshest environments, especially in the absence of GPS signals. Sigma's other main advantage lies in Safran's ability to provide complete support, by calling on its world-class development and production facilities. Safran is a full-fledged partner in a number of major defense programs, and guarantees support up to and beyond 2050.
Reflecting the confidence of operational units, Sagem was chosen to modernise the navigation system on the CHARLES-DE-GAULLE aircraft carrier, with SIGMA 40 units supporting all of its missions, whether conventional or strategic. In operation on the carrier, the SIGMA 40 system is also used for the sea alignment of its aircraft.
The SIGMA 40 was also chosen to modernise RUBIS-class nuclear attack submarines. Other ships equipped with this system include the SUFFREN-class submarines in the Barracuda programme, which will offer land strike capability using the naval SCALP missile, as well as FREMM frigates. For the latter, SIGMA 40 will be used as part of the weapon system, including deployment of the SCALP naval cruise missile. Norway recently chose a SIGMA system for its future polar research and logistics vessel, the RV KRONPRINS HAAKON, and South Korea acquired the SIGMA 40 XP to modernize its CHANG BOGO submarines. All in all, SIGMA 40 systems are used on more than 500 surface warships and 75 submarines.
The new BlueNaute system is also going from success to success. It is based on an innovative and proprietary technology, the hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG). BlueNaute is a very competitive system, and was recently chosen by the Canadian Navy for its new offshore patrol vessels of the DeWolf-class, and by the US Coast Guard to modernise two different types of ships, as a replacement for older technologies (mechanical and fiber-optic gyros).
Safran Electronics & Defense, a global leader in optronics and inertial navigation, will be showcasing its latest innovative solutions at the Euronaval 2016 trade show and exhibition. For nearly 50 years now, Safran Electronics & Defense has developed systems and equipment meeting the most demanding operational requirements, even under the harshest conditions, deployed by over 60 navies in theaters of operation around the world. At this year's Euronaval 2016, Safran is showcasing its comprehensive expertise, from at-sea engagement to commercial shipping security. Its exhibition is divided into three main areas: surface vessels, submarines and naval air fleets. Safran Electronics & Defense offers a wide range of products and services keyed to different naval platforms and missions, both coastal and ocean-going: over the sea, under the sea and launched from the sea!