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2016-11-03

EURONAVAL 2016: The platform for future naval technologies...

EURONAVAL 2016, the 25th Euronaval exhibition held in Paris-Le Bourget closed its doors on 21 October, having welcomed over 25,000 professional visitors and having featured 390 exhibitors from 34 countries.
 
The French GICAN naval industry group, the show organisers, welcomed 10 percent more exhibitors than the previous edition, of whom 56 percent came from outside France. Denmark and Japan participated for the first time.
 
 Furthermore, 129 delegations took part in the exhibition, including 89 foreign military delegations representing 64 countries on the five continents. 
 
French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian officially inaugurated the biennial event, which was created in 1968, on 18 October.
 
He also revealed the ‘made in France’ model of the future intermediate-size frigates (FTI), which was decided upon in mid-2015 on the occasion of the legislation update for military programming. The objective is ambitious, as delivery of the first frigate is set for 2023.
 
On the same day, a high-level colloquium, opened by the President of Euronaval, Patrick Boissier, and concluded by Admiral Christophe  Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the French Navy, brought together industrialists, politicians and sailors to discuss a topical issue - “Together for Safe and Secure Oceans”. 
 
A three-day French-Australian seminar, organised by the GICAN, was the opportunity to encourage exchange and build relations between industrial, state and academic players from France and Australia.
 
Exhibitor Highlights 
DCNS, Airbus Helicopters 
French naval defence group DCNS is joining forces with Airbus Helicopters to design the future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) programme. The system, dubbed VSR700, apparently replaces the TANAN concept announced by DCNS and Airbus Defence & Space for the SDAM mission at the last edition of Euronaval.
 
The combination of the two firms’ naval and aerospace expertise is seen as the solution to address technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones. The partners aim to develop a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need.
 
DCNS also unveiled the BELH@RRA® - named in reference to Europe’s only giant wave the Belharra - the new front-line digital frigate dedicated to the international market, which renews the heavily-armed 4,000-tonne frigate segment. 
 
Safran’s new deck landing system  
Safran Electronics and Defense unveiled its Paseo XLR system developed for the French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Currently undergoing acceptance testing, it is scheduled to be installed in place of the existing DALLAS (Deck Approach and Landing Laser System) during the carrier’s next major maintenance visit.
 
V-22 offers new possibilities
The U.S. Navy is gearing up for the arrival of the first of its 44 CV-22 Ospreys in 2020. The V-22 program is designed to provide an aircraft to meet the amphibious/vertical assault needs of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the strike rescue needs of the Navy, and the special operations needs of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). 
 
The MV- 22B variant is replacing the CH-46E. The CV-22 variant provides a new capability and will augment the MC-130 in the USAF/USSOCOM inventory for special operations infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply missions.
 
Kazakhstan OPV 
German shipbuilders Abeking and Rasmussen are looking to sign a formal contract for a 60m OPV with Kazakhstan by the end of this year or in early 2017.
 
The 60m OPV design is one of the two new designs created by the company to meet the demand for patrol vessels around the world. The company had previously completed a three ship programme for the Latvian Navy in 2011.
 
IDEX and NAVDEX  
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre drew high interest from key decision makers and delegates.
 
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, said: “We are excited with the overwhelming response the IDEX and NAVDEX has received from major exhibitors and specialised companies participating in Euronaval 2016.

The high footfall demonstrates the growing importance of both events as definitive platforms to showcase cutting-edge defence technologies and innovations.” 
 
In 2015, NAVDEX hosted a dedicated area within the marine facility connected to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre to accommodate the military ships participating in the event, while huge warships were moored at Port Zayed in Abu Dhabi. NAVDEX also included live performances by many small and medium-sized vessels participating in the event.
 
For his part, Saeed Al Mansouri, Director of IDEX and NAVDEX said: “Our participation in  Euronaval 2016 is in line with our strategy to promote IDEX and NAVDEX to leading global companies across land, sea and air sectors of the defence and invite them to participate in the upcoming mega events.”
 
MBDA brings Simbad to life  
For the first time at a major exhibition, MBDA displayed  a real-world example of its Simbad-RC short-range, anti-air self-defence system. Equipped with a lightweight twin-launcher that fires Mistral missiles, the Simbad-RC is seen as an ideal solution for fast patrol boats and logistic support ships.  
 
Narwhal 20mm gun on display  
French armament specialists Nexter displayed its Narwhal 20mm remotely-operated naval weapon. There were two variants on display, one that is being displayed to potential international customers with NATO standard 30x102 ammunition, the other is displayed by the French Navy with a slightly different 20x139 ammunition configuration.

The French Navy has installed the Narwhal on several vessels including the FREMM frigates as a defensive weapon system against threats such as fast attack craft.
 
Thales radar selected for ATL2 upgrade
France’s DGA has selected Thales’ new Searchmaster multirole surveillance radar to equip the French Navy’s 15 Atlantic 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft set to be upgraded to extend their service life to 2030. 
 
The first radar is scheduled to fly on an ATL2 in 2016, with deliveries to the French Navy in 2018. Thales expects to offer radar deliveries to export customers from 2017, as the company considers Searchmaster suitable for a variety of other platforms.
 
In addition to the new Searchmaster radar, the ATL2 upgrade includes a new electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret - the MX-20 from L-3 Wescam - to supplement the original Tango FLIR (forward-looking infrared). 
 
Thales also revealed a new hybrid long-endurance maritime unmanned autonomous system developed in collaboration with a cluster of French small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) at Euronaval.
 
Known as AUSS [Autonomous Underwater and Surface System], the new multimission, multisensor system - claimed to be the world’s only unmanned vehicle capable of operating both on and below the surface - has been designed for a broad range of civil as well as military roles. Two prototypes have been undergoing trials since early 2015.
 
CNIM pitches L-CAT variant for shore-to-shore missions
French engineering group CNIM unveiled proposals for a new shore-to-shore variant of its L-CAT fast amphibious landing catamaran. The modified design has been optimised for independent amphibious, logistics, and humanitarian relief operations, with the Southeast Asia region seen as a particularly promising market.
 
Developed by CNIM, the L-CAT is a variable-draught aluminium hull vessel concept that offers the flexibility to raise or lower a pontoon deck so as to enable operation in any one of three modes: in transit, the vessel is a catamaran (the pontoon deck is raised between the two hulls); in beaching mode, the pontoon is lowered; and in dock mode, the platform is totally or partially flooded.
 
A ship-to-shore variant of the L-CAT is already in French Navy service, while two more EDA-R craft have been delivered to the Egyptian Navy for operations from the BPCs Gamal Abdel Nasser  and Anwar El-Sadat. 
 
Saab’s lightweight torpedo to enter the water in 2017
Sweden’s new lightweight torpedo is due to enter the water for the first time in 2017. Thomas Ljungqvist from Saab’s Underwater Systems business unit told a media briefing at that the Swedish Light Weight Torpedo (SLWT) would begin testing in the water at the company’s training facility next year.
 
He told the briefing that the company is very much focused at this stage on delivering the weapon for its launch customer, the Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN). Saab is contracted for the development, production, and installation of the system, with the contract running until 2024.
 
Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 
US systems and sensors house Lockheed Martin is continuing development of its COMBATSS-21 combat management system (CMS) to support the US Navy’s (USN’s) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Future Frigate programmes, senior company officials said at the Euronaval 2016 exhibition in Paris.
 
The company has been contracted to provide COMBATSS-21 for the Freedom and Independence variants of the LCS programme for ships purchased in fiscal year (FY) 2019 (from hull 31) onwards.
 
COMBATSS-21, a sub-set of the Aegis Baseline 9 weapon systems Common Source Library, is designed to deliver capability improvements for the CMS outputs in a faster and more affordable manner. It is already in service on the navy’s Freedom-class LCS variant. 
 
Unmanned MCM team lines up
A French industry cluster comprising aluminium shipbuilder OCEA, underwater and robotics specialist ECA, and training facilitator DCI has come together to offer an end-to-end, stand-off unmanned mine-countermeasures (MCM) system for the export market. 
 
The co-development and marketing agreement between the three companies was formally signed at the Euronaval exhibition.
The team’s proposed concept marries an MCM mothership variant of OCEA’s OSV 190 survey vessel with an offboard MCM suite - including an Inspector Mk 2 unmanned surface vessel, autonomous underwater vehicles, and a mission management system - developed by ECA.
 
Raytheon Anschütz
As a world leading bridge system integrator for global navies and coast guards, Raytheon Anschütz participated and demonstrated the next level of their innovative SYNTACS solution as well as solutions for submarine navigation, tactical operation and control.  
 
SYNTACS is a scalable integrated mission management system solution, which has proven its effectiveness in a double-digit number of installations within the past two years – including the HSI32 Interceptor vessels and Ocean Eagle 43 patrol boats at French shipyard CMN.
 
Static Zone:
Barring operational restrictions, the French Ministry for Defence  organised a certain number of equipment items in the exhibition’s 465 sqm static zone, including: 
 
The COMET drone: Developed by RTsys company based in Caudan, is the result of a four-year development combining acoustics and underwater robotics. 
 
NH90: The NH90 NFH (for NATO Frigate Helicopter) is a French twin-engine helicopter used by the French Navy. Developed by NHIndustries, it has been the replacement for the Super Frelon and the Lynx since 2015. It is versatile and flexible, and carries out a number of different missions.  
 
Atlantique 2: The Atlantique 2 is a maritime patrol aircraft developed by Bréguet – Dassault Aviation. It is the direct descendant of the Bréguet Atlantic. Currently, the ATL2 is frequently used in Africa where it serves as backup to ground forces. The ATL2 ensures the safety and support of the Strategic Operational Forces by escorting nuclear deterrent submarines in the near Atlantic. 
 
F21: The F21 torpedo is intended to equip French Navy submarines. This heavy system can destroy or neutralise surface ships or submarines. Designed for offshore and coastal operations, it can manoeuvre just as easily in shallow or deep waters. The first torpedoes are set to be delivered in 2017.
 
VBCI: VBCI (armoured infantry combat vehicle):  A mature, combat-proven system, the VBCI has been in service in the French army since 2008 (630 units delivered) and has been successfully deployed in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Mali and Central African Republic.
 
Reference Photos/Text: 
www.euronaval.fr
EURONAVAL/T. Nectoux
www.air-cosmos.com
 

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