USCG patrol boat gets Safran’s BlueNaute system
Safran Electronics and Defense's BlueNaute inertial navigation system has been installed on the first of a number of vessels for the US Coast Guard (USCG), the company announced on 13 September.
The company is installing the systems as part of a contract to modernise navigation systems on all the coast guard's Reliance class medium endurance cutters and Juniper class seagoing buoy tenders.
The BlueNaute system is based on hemispherical resonator gyro, a technology that delivers very high reliability and precise measurements.
The system was developed to meet emerging maritime navigation needs, in compliance with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization and the Safety of Life at Sea treaty. It is suitable for use in coast guard or police missions, oil and gas industry operations, scientific missions and search and rescue.
The USCG's Reliance class cutters have an endurance of six to seven weeks, performing a range of missions including counter-trafficking, anti-pollution, fisheries protection and at-sea search and rescue. The Juniper class feature reinforced ice-resistant hulls, and are specialised in the installation of navigation buoys, the fight against pollution and deep sea search and rescue.
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