On 4 September Safran Electronics & Defence Australasia announced that Saab Australia has selected the VIGY ENGAGE electro-optical sensor for the situational awareness system onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) under the SEA 1180 contract.

Safran’s VIGY ENGAGE Safran’s VIGY ENGAGE is a light, panoramic, multi-sensor shipboard electro-optical system. It includes a cooled infrared imager, video channels and a laser rangefinder. Employing advanced stabilisation techniques, it provides clear images day or night, including in rough seas and at high speed. Recognised for its robustness, high-quality images, ease of use, compact design, light weight and easy integration, over 300 have been sold worldwide.

Capable of detecting long-range targets, VIGY ENGAGE will provide a decisive advantage to the RAN in asymmetrical environments: protection of ports and infrastructures, maritime policing, anti-terrorist and anti-piracy missions. It also provides invaluable assistance in missions designed to protect fishing and economic zones, navigation aid, and assistance to ships and crews at sea.

This reinforces Safran’s footprint in Australia, where it continues building its team through local employment. “Safran Electronics & Defence Australasia (SEDA) is proud to sign this contract with Saab Australia. This confirms the Australian presence of Safran, the entire team at SEDA is greatly appreciative of the trust engendered in this award,” commented SEDA Chief Operating Officer, Mark Sander.


Safran’s VIGY ENGAGE EO sensor will equip the 12 SEA 1180 OPVs for the RAN. (Photo : Milko Lapina/Safran)

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