Airbus Helicopters Drones for French Navy

April 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) notifies the order of a second aerial drone prototype of the marine aerial drone system (SDAM) to the companies Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters. The SDAM, an on-board tactical drone, is intended for French Navy ships equipped with a flight deck. Once operational, this “drone-helicopter” will be a…

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Thales Scorpion Helmet Sight Tested for French Navy Rafales

March 15, 2021 (Google Translation) – At the end of January 2021, the DGA Flight Tests center of expertise carried out compatibility tests on the Thales Scorpion * helmet sight on the Cazaux site (Gironde) with the parachute evacuation of a Rafale pilot. This test campaign is part of the process of integrating this equipment on the Rafale to the…

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French Navy Orders Drones for Hydrographic Work

February 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) has ordered mini aerial drones from the Survey Copter company for the French Navy. Called system of airborne mini-drones on board for the Navy (SMDM), these contact drones will equip patrol vessels and frigates. This order, for an amount of 19.7 million euros, includes the acquisition of the…

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Merre Shipyard Building Eight Dive Tenders for French Navy

February 1, 2020 (Google Translation) – Beginning of 2021, Merré shipyard has begun the production of the first Diving Support Vessel for French Navy. The first aluminium plate cutting took place the fouth of January 2021 with the deck plate in order to start building the hull upside down in the Merré workshop in Nort-sur-Erdre. As a reminder, Merre shipyard…

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Thales to Begin Phase Two of Maritime Mine Counter Measures Program

November 26, 2020 – Following the first phase of the program in which two demonstrators have successfully proven their operational performances at sea, France and the United Kingdom marked the tenth anniversary of the Lancaster House treaties by signing a joint contract for Thales to start the production phase of MMCM to deliver eight unmanned mine hunting systems (four for…

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French Navy Hydrographic Service Experimenting with Drones

November 2, 2020 (Google Translation) – The waters under French jurisdiction covering a total of nearly 11 million km² (with the extensions of the continental shelf in force), France has the 2nd largest maritime domain in the world. In order to assert its sovereignty over its waters, respect its commitments under the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) convention, protect…

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Lieutenant de Vaisseau Le Henaff Decommissioned

August 1, 2020 (Google Translation) – The withdrawal from active service of Lieutenant (Navy) Le Hénaff is an opportunity to pay tribute to this building, which served France for 41 years and to the man who gave it its name. Yves Le Hénaff was born on October 23, 1914 in Penhars in Finistère. After the Naval School in 1934 and…

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Exercise GABIAN 20.2 Concludes in the Mediterranean Sea

June 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – From 15 to 19 June 2020, a new GABIAN 20.2 exercise bringing together 9 surface vessels as well as the 22F , 31F , 35F , 36F flotillas and the 22S squadron was held in the Mediterranean Sea. Among them were the multi-mission frigates (FREMM) Provence and the Italian frigate Margottini , the command…

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