Safran Electronics & Defense has signed a contract with Dassault Aviation to provide new generation Euroflir™410 optronic (electro-optical) systems for two different Falcon-based aircraft: a dozen Albatros, derived from the Falcon 2000LXS, and the eight Falcon 50M Triton models upgraded as part of the French navy’s program to modernize its maritime surveillance and intervention aircraft.
The new-generation EuroflirTM 410, a key part of the SAR suite (Search & Rescue), will deliver unrivaled observation capabilities, even under low-visibility conditions, thanks in particular to a very-long-range telescope and high-performance line-of-sight stabilization. Coupled with a maritime radar and AIS (Automatic Identification System), the EuroflirTM 410 provides ship identification capability, along with precise geolocation. It’s capable of identifying a ship’s registration number or detecting a shipwrecked person at a range of several kilometers. New-generation Euroflir™410 optronic systems allow France’s Maritime Surveillance & Intervention Patrol (PATSIMAR) to enhance its stealthy very-high-altitude observation capabilities, and carry out at-sea search & rescue or zone surveillance missions even under the most extreme conditions.
With this latest contract win, Safran confirms its European leadership in the highly demanding market for airborne optronics on special-mission airplanes and helicopters. The Triton modified Falcon 50M and Falcon 2000 Albatros aircraft will be deployed as from 2023 and 2025, respectively, in line with the French government’s latest defense planning bill, and will gradually replace the current Falcon 50M and Falcon 200 Guardian aircraft in the 24F et 25F fleets, based in mainland France and overseas territories.
Part of the Maritime Patrol force, these aircraft will monitor maritime spaces in France’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) – the world’s second largest – to help safeguard national sovereignty. Assigned missions include ensuring the safety of ships, crews and passengers, monitoring fishing zones, protecting borders, safeguarding the marine environment and the fight against terrorism and trafficking, along with at-sea rescues, since they are fitted with a full SAR equipment suite.