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.
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.
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.