Safran’s New Euroflir 410 Selected for French Navy’s Dauphin N3 Helicopters

Safran’s new Euroflir 410 electro-optical observation system was selected by Héli-Union for the French Navy’s Dauphin N3 helicopters.

According to Safran, the selection was done following a “hard-fought” international bidding process.

This selection follows the contract awarded by the French Armed Forces aircraft maintenance department (DMAé) at the end of last year to the partnership of Héli-Union and DCI, covering a dozen Dauphin N3 helicopters. These aircraft, modified to meet the operational needs of the French Navy, will replace currently used Alouette III helicopters.

The first Dauphin N3 fitted with a new-generation Euroflir 410 will be delivered in the summer of 2021.

French Navy AS365 Dauphin
A French Navy AS365 Dauphin (Dolphin) helicopter from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Denny Cantrell) (Released)

Euroflir 410 is a new generation, multispectral & ultra-long-range Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) sensor turret system developed by Safran Electronics & Defense. It provides ultra-long-range observation and precision targeting capabilities thanks to high-definition sensors and advanced embedded functions, all in a single line-replaceable unit (LRU).

The Euroflir 410 provides unrivaled observation capabilities under any conditions of visibility, in particular, due to its very-long-range telescope and high-performance line-of-sight stabilization.

Capable of identifying a boat’s registration number or detecting a shipwreck victim at several kilometers, the new-generation Euroflir 410 will boost the operational capabilities of fleet air forces. For example, they will be able to carry out search & rescue (SAR) missions at sea or monitor specific zones of interest even under the harshest conditions. These new systems offer advanced features such as automatic target tracking and a search for shipwreck victims by sweeping zones, thus considerably reducing the operator’s workload.

Safran’s Euroflir optronic systems are designed and built in France.

Safran Euroflir 410 and Euroflir 610
Safran Euroflir 410 and Euroflir 610 electro-optical targeting and observation systems at Paris Air Show 2019. Safran Photo.

The combat-proven Euroflir 410 is already used on the NATO Helicopter Management Agency’s (NAHEMA) NH90 helicopters and the French Navy’s AS565 Panther helicopters.

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