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French SOF operators team with SMEs on innovations

26th May 2021 - 17:07 GMT | by Jean-Marc Tanguy in Paris


Current equipment for HAHO/HALO divers (left), next to a new helmet-mounted system invented by a French SOF operator. (Photo: Jean-Marc Tanguy)

New equipment for French SOF is based on ideas from the coalface.

SOF helicopter crews in the French Army are adopting digital data processing techniques, Shephard has learned.

A new solution called DOSAH draws on the experiences of a Gazelle pilot in the 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment, who had the idea of digitising analogue data streams from onboard optical and IR sensors.

Inpixal, an SME known in France for its image processing capabilities and optronics (small turrets for drones and helicopters) helped to develop DOSAH. The system is ‘plug and play’, has its own power supply and can be used in the air, on land or at sea.

DOSAH is not only …

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