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Safran providing navigation system for armored vehicles

Safran says it will supply navigation systems to French army artillery observation vehicles.

By Richard Tomkins
Safran providing navigation system for armored vehicles
Safran providing navigation system for French army's Griffon multi-role armored vehicles. Image courtesy French Ministry of Defense

PARIS, June 13 (UPI) -- Safran Electronics & Defense is to provide its Epsilon 10 navigation system for French army Griffon armored artillery observation vehicles.

The navigation system is part of the digital battlefield and operates in conjunction with a tactical coordination instrument to enable autonomous engagement capability in the case of a GPS signal loss, jamming or other counter-measures.

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It is being provided with a system based on hemispherical resonating gyros for the artillery observation under France's Scorpion program.

"Griffon VOA artillery observation vehicles will be fitted with Safran's Paseo optronic system, comprising an inertial navigator derived from the Sigma 20 family," Safran said Monday. "This system will give the Griffon VOA target location capability on a par with NATO's best-in-class standards."

The Griffon is a 6x6 vehicle and comes in four variants: personnel carrier, ambulance, command post and artillery observation. Nearly 1,700 Griffons are to be delivered fo the French Army between 2018 and 2033.

It is made by a consortium comprised of Nexter Systems, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales.

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