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Safran to develop improved Navigation System for French Navy's Triomphant-class SSBNs

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Safran to develop improved Navigation System for French Navy's Triomphant-class SSBNs
The French defense procurement agency (DGA) has chosen Safran Electronics & Defense to design, develop and build an improved version of its global navigation system now used on the country's Triomphant class ballistic missile nuclear submarines (SNLE), the France-based company announced today Jan. 10, 2017.
Safran to develop improved Navigation System for French Navy s Triomphant class SSBNs 640 001One of the four members of the French Navy's Triomphant-class SSBNs
(Credit: Marine Nationale)
The new version capitalizes on extensive feedback from the current laser gyro-based navigation systems. It will incorporate new technologies to deliver even higher performance than the current system, the first to eliminate the need for electrostatically suspended gyroscopes (ESG), which were traditionally used for navigation on strategic platforms.

To date, Safran has supplied inertial navigation systems for more than 500 surface ships from around the world, along with over 70 submarines, both nuclear and conventional. A number of modern front-line units are equipped with Safran's navigation systems, including the new Barracuda class nuclear attack submarines.

The European leader in navigation systems, Safran has developed proven expertise in all inertial navigation technologies (mechanical, laser, fiber-optic, vibrating and MEMS), with more than 60 years of experience in providing navigation systems for both civil and military customers operating in all environments (land, air, sea, space).

The Triomphant class of the French Navy is the active class of four ballistic missile submarines. All four boats were all constructed by DCNS and carry an armament of 16 M45 SLBM or M51 SLBM missiles manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space.