During Euronaval 2016, Safran Electronics & Defense is showcasing shipborne optronic (electro-optical) and inertial navigation systems that underpin high value-added services for naval forces undertaking all types of engagement scenarios. The high performance offered by Safran’s solutions is based on state-of-the-art optronic and inertial navigation technologies, and their integration into naval platforms and combat systems.
Safran’s product offering on display at Euronaval 2016 is geared to even the most demanding missions, whether at sea or along coasts. Its exhibition space is divided in three main areas: Surface operations, undersea warfare, and the airborne naval missions, in the form of air-naval units. Safran’s new Series 30 family of masts, for instance, features a non-hull penetrating design, with a large number of sensors in a small space. The optronic attack mast version includes several high-resolution cameras, a panoramic surveillance function, electronic warfare antennas, communications equipment and a GPS receiver.
Safran’s high-performance SIGMA 40XP system is designed to offer high-precision over long periods (exceeding 96 hours). These systems meet the most demanding criteria for submarine navigation. Calling on a laser gyro core, they also feature laser technologies that guarantee sustained high precision, along with operational flexibility. Safran’s Sigma 40XP systems have been chosen for France’s Barracuda class nuclear submarines, as well as for the Améthyste nuclear attack submarine modernization program and export Scorpène subs produced by French naval shipyard DCNS. To date, this system has been fitted to 75 submarines of 14 different
Furthermore, Safran is displaying a complete range of optronic systems for surface vessels, including the new Paseo NS (Naval System) and XLR turrets (eXtra Long Range), the EOMS NG panoramic surveillance and fire control system for front-line ships, and the Vigy Observer for patrol ships and other light vessels. Whether integrated in the ship’s own combat system or remotely operated from a special console, these systems address intelligence, early warning and engagement requirements for all types of ships.
Safran has carried out successful integration tests of the SIGMA 40 shipborne navigation system with the alignment system on the AGM-84 HARPOON anti-ship missile intended for KRABI corvettes and KDX class frigates deployed by the Royal Thai Navy. This test was carried out within the scope of a contract signed with Korean naval shipyard DSME, which builds warships. Safran also worked with Boeing, prime contractor for the HARPOON missile system. With the success of this test, Safran’s inertial navigation systems can now be used on all of Thailand’s warships.