Dassault Aviation recorded its first export contracts for the Rafale multirole fighter in 2015, with both Egypt and Qatar purchasing 24 aircraft during the first half of the year. India also announced its intention of acquiring 36 aircraft.
Safran is a major contributor to the Rafale.
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Safran’s contributions to the Rafale
BlueNaute® inertial navigation system goes from success to success
The BlueNaute® inertial navigation system won several major contracts in 2015 for offshore patrol boats.
OSI Maritime Systems Ltd. chose this system for six arctic offshore patrol vessels to be deployed by the Royal Canadian Navy, while the US Coast Guard chose the system to modernize a dozen seagoing buoy tenders and 14 Reliance class medium endurance cutters.
BlueNaute® systems were also chosen by Vard Holding Ltd. of Norway for its upcoming ocean-going and offshore utility ships.
Based on a breakthrough technology, hemispherical resonating gyros (HRG), the BlueNaute® system provides very precise navigation data, even in the harshest environments. It meets evolving maritime navigation needs, for scientific missions, at-sea search & rescue, offshore oil exploration, coast guards and maritime police forces.
Learn more about the BlueNaute® inertial navigation system for commercial ships
The Patroller™ Cluster
2015 Paris Air Show: Safran launches the Patroller™ Cluster, a consortium of some 25 high-tech French and European companies specialized in drone systems.
Integrating drones in civil airspace
Safran and the French air navigation service provider (DSNA) signed an agreement to continue their collaboration on integrating drones in civil airspace and also develop joint proposals for the SESAR 2020* program.
For now, the main stumbling block to the integration of drones is the ability of autonomous airborne systems to automatically detect obstacles and avoid collisions. The agreement mainly covers R&D projects concerning anti-collision (“detect & avoid”) technologies and associated procedures.
The DSNA and Safran, building on their collaboration through the project ODREA (demonstration of remotely piloted vehicles operated in European airspace) and successful test flights of the Patroller™ drone in civil airspace, now plan to develop initial operational capabilities in this area.
*SESAR – Single European Sky ATM Research, a European research program that aims to modernize air traffic management systems.
More than 2,000 Paseo optronic
sights for land vehicles
ordered in 2015
Contract signed to upgrade FELIN system for the French army
In April 2015, Safran signed the FELIN V1.3 contract with French defense procurement agency DGA to deliver, in early 2016, a lightened and optimized version of the FELIN infantry soldier equipment suite, addressing the increasingly demanding operational imperatives faced by the French army.
BlueDome unveiled at Euromaritime 2015
The Safran Autoprotection consortium unveiled BlueDome, a complete, integrated solution to protect commercial ships against pirate attacks. This French consortium comprises private companies specialized in defense and security, as well as public entities.
Under Safran coordination, the Autoprotection consortium unveiled BlueDome, a complete, integrated solution to protect commercial ships against pirate attacks. This French consortium comprises private companies specialized in defense and security, as well as public entities.
Safran enhances optronic systems deployed by French military helicopters
Safran won a contract from the French defense procurement agency DGA in 2015 to enhance the capabilities of the optronic systems on helicopters deployed by French armed forces.
The Euroflir 350 gyrostabilized optronic (electro-optical) systems will incorporate a new Matis infrared imager, an eyesafe laser rangefinder and a laser pointer. The Matis imager will offer longer range, and it will be coupled with a full HD color TV camera featuring a continuous zoom function.
Used in conjunction with the aircraft’s own inertial navigation system, this new optronic system will allow the crew to more precisely identify and locate ground targets.
The 250th ejection seat made by SEMMB*
for the Rafale fighter
*SEMMB (Société d’Exploitation des Matériels Martin-Baker) is a 50/50 joint venture between Safran and Martin-Baker.
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