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French Navy receives new simulators

27th November 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Naval Group has delivered Simdav visual defence simulators to the French Navy in Brest, the company announced on 22 November.

Brest is the second base to receive the Simdav after Toulon received one at the end of 2016. Both deliveries are part of a five-year modernisation and through-life support contract awarded by the DGA to Naval Group in December 2014.

The new systems will enable the crews of the French Naval Action Force, naval infantry and maritime gendarmes to train for air, surface and asymmetric threats under realistic conditions, including the deployment of small-calibre weapons.

Measuring almost 16 metres in diameter, each simulator is a large domed structure housing a mobile platform mounted on six cylinders allowing the simulation of roll and pitch as a function of sea state. The virtual operations theatre is projected onto the dome’s interior surface over 270° to a height of seven metres. The platforms allow fully-configurable exercise scenarios for different types of ships including the F70, FREMM, and Horizon frigates; and provide six fixed-weapon stations, three mobile-weapon stations and one command centre.

The contract will also see the company deliver three years of through-life support for the systems.

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