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Safran rolls out new navigation solution for French Navy commandoes

29th March 2023 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


NAVKITE has been integrated on French ECUME rigid boats used by naval commando forces. (Photo: French Navy)

Safran Electronics and Defence has developed the NAVKITE position, navigation, timing (PNT) system for use by French Navy commando forces on semi-rigid boats.

At the SOFINS 2023 event in Bordeaux, Safran Electronics & Defense unveiled the NAVKITE PNT system. It will be integrated in the ECUME (Embarcation Commando à Usage Multiple Embarquable) transportable, multirole, semi-rigid boat purpose-designed for special forces.

Based on a concept by FUSCOLAB, the innovation centre for the French Marine Corps, Safran has developed a compact hybrid navigation system for use in GNSS-denied or jammed environments

NAVKITE couples a GEONYX M inertial navigation system with a VersaSync time/frequency server, with the first sea trials carried out from the Lorient naval base in Brittany by FUSCOLAB and the Ponchardier commando unit

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