Safran, Nexter Sign Framework Agreement on New Geonyx Family of Inertial Navigation Systems

Nexter and Safran have signed a framework contract concerning Safran Electronics & Defense’s new Geonyx inertial navigation system.

Nexter’s interest in this product demonstrates the relevance of Safran Electronics & Defense investments in research & technology, which allow to continue to innovate and to offer customers more competitive equipments.

This agreement reinforces Safran’s position as a reference in the field of inertial navigation and artillery pointing systems and marks a new stage in its relations with Nexter.

Safran being an exclusive supplier of Nexter for Caesar howitzer of the French army, the SIGMA-30 inertial navigation system was proposed until now. This agreement signed with Nexter will enable Safran to propose, in France, but also for exports, a new generation of inertial navigation and artillery pointing system, offering optimized precision, fast deployment and life-cycle cost capabilities thanks to the exceptional reliability of the HRG Crystal technology patented Safran.

With this contract, Safran and Nexter take full advantage of the latest technological innovations in inertial navigation and artillery pointing system, inertial navigation system being a key element of the artillery target engagement chain.

Safran Geonyx INS

Based on the HRG Crystal hemispherical resonating gyro (HRG), Geonyx signals a major step forward in terms of compact design, operational efficiency, integration and cost of ownership.

Geonyx weighs just 6 kilograms, occupies a volume of less than 5 liters, offers power consumption of 15 watts and reduced operating costs, making it the best solution now available. These record-breaking qualities are due to the HRG Crystal gyro. Building on the simplicity and proven maturity of this inertial technology, Safran Electronics & Defense has developed a line of ultra-reliable inertial navigation systems, offering a wide range of performance specifications. These units are designed for both civil and military applications in all environments: air, land, sea and space. The new Geonyx family is more specifically suited to land platforms such as combat vehicles, target acquisition systems and artillery.

To meet the varying needs of armies, the Geonyx™ family is available in three different versions, with increasing levels of performance: Geonyx SP, Geonyx HP and Geonyx XP. These navigation, position-determination and pointing systems, featuring accuracy of better than 1 mil (milliradian) on artillery, ensure high performance even when global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signals are absent or being jammed. Geonyx™ is also highly robust and easy to integrate in different platforms, while ensuring precise alignment and resistance to the repeated shocks of artillery fire.

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