Sagem (Safran) has been selected on the 12th of October by Swedish shipyard Saab Kockums, winning this major contract against an international field of competitors, to supply the optronic masts for four submarines to be deployed by the Swedish navy.
The contract provides for Sagem Series 30 optronic surveillance masts to outfit two future A26 class submarines and two Gotland class submarines, already in service, along with initial logistic services and options for additional systems.
Saab Kockums’ selection of Sagem’s optronic mast was based on its high-performance optronic sensors, easy integration in the ship’s combat system, and a human-machine interface that allows for optimized operation of its high-definition imaging functions.
Using modern non-penetrating technology for the subs’ pressure hulls, Sagem’s optronic masts feature a compact design and highly integrated multi-sensor architecture. They meet the Swedish navy’s most demanding stealthiness requirements.
The optronic surveillance masts to be delivered to the Swedish navy are based on Sagem’s Series 30 family, already produced for the Scorpène class submarines built by French shipyard DCNS for the international market, and the future Suffren class nuclear attack submarines for the French navy (Barracuda program). Sagem’s optronic masts were ordered by the South Korean shipyard DSME in 2014 for its KSS-III ocean-going submarines.
With this latest contract, Sagem confirms its position as the international benchmark in submarine optronic systems. The clear technology leader in this critical segment, Sagem develops and produces, in France, a complete family of attack periscopes, optronic masts and radar masts for submarines. Sagem develops ist family of masts at its R&D center of Massy and assembles these masts at its plant in Dijon, and makes the infrared imagers in Poitiers.