As we speak, working in a GNSS-denied surroundings (on account of jamming, spoofing or lack of alerts) is a serious problem. All onboard programs should be exactly geolocated and synchronized to allow them to present constant, dependable and time-stamped data below all situations. On the SOFINS 2023 Particular Forces seminar and exhibition, Safran Electronics & Protection is introducing its new resilient PNT (place, navigation, timing) system, dubbed NAVKITE, to fulfill operational necessities for the French Navy Commandos (a part of Particular Operations Command). The NAVKITE system will likely be built-in in ECUME (Embarcation Commando à Utilization A number of Embarquable), a transportable, multirole, semi-rigid boat purpose-designed for commandos and different particular forces.

Safran Electronics & Protection, beginning with an answer imagined by FUSCOLAB*, has developed a compact, hybrid navigation system for use on ECUME, permitting particular forces to function in an more and more advanced and unsure surroundings. The system’s capabilities rely on the coupling of a GEONYX™ M inertial navigation system with the VersaSync® time/frequency server, each being Safran Electronics & Protection merchandise. Collectively, they deal with the transmission of trusted place, navigation and timing knowledge to make sure mission continuity. NAVKITE takes full benefit of Safran’s confirmed PNT experience to supply navigation integrity and efficiency whether or not used on land or at sea, even over lengthy durations of time and below essentially the most demanding circumstances.


Safran NAVKITE PNT (Place, Navigation, Timing) System. (Photograph by Safran Electronics & Protection)

The primary sea trials of the system, carried out out of the Lorient naval base in Brittany by FUSCOLAB and the Ponchardier commando unit, demonstrated NAVKITE’s efficiency below operational situations. It was then deployed in February 2023 within the joint providers train HEMEX, projecting a serious engagement, throughout section 2 of ORION, a large-scale operation for resilient, progressive and interoperable armed forces, targeted on high-intensity conflicts. The NAVKITE system delivered very passable efficiency. NAVKITE stands out as a technological breakthrough in resilient PNT to fulfill naval particular forces’ demanding necessities. It was developed by way of a partnership primarily based on mutual belief between Safran and FUSCOLAB, the “innovation lab” for the French navy’s infantry commandos.

Safran Electronics & Protection is a long-standing main participant in inertial navigation options, having developed the underlying applied sciences for over 70 years. As we speak, NAVKITE represents a brand new autonomous and sovereign PNT answer. Safran a global high-technology group working within the aviation (propulsion, tools and interiors), protection and area markets. Its core function is to contribute to a safer, extra sustainable world, the place air transport is extra environmentally pleasant, snug and accessible. Safran has a worldwide presence, with 83,000 staff and gross sales of 19.0 billion euros in 2022, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional management positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris inventory alternate and is a part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

Safran NAVKITE PNT (Position, Navigation, Timing) System
Safran NAVKITE PNT (Place, Navigation, Timing) System. (Photograph by Safran Electronics & Protection)