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Safran PASEO XLR to Equip New French Frigates

Integrated System for Very Long-Range Identification

Safran Electronics & Defense announced on 20 March that its PASEO XLR (eXtra Long Range) sighting system has been selected by Naval Group for France’s new medium frigate (FTI) programme. Five 4,000t FTIs are to be delivered to the French Navy from 2023.

PASEO XLR system provides a very-long-range identification capability, especially valuable in the context of asymmetric combat, in which front-line vessels are called upon to operate near coastlines, and may engage small vessels exhibiting suspicious behaviour. The system allows ships to determine these vessels’ intentions at a range enabling the frigate to activate its self-defence system if required.

The latest member of Safran’s family of shipborne sighting systems, the PASEO XLR joins the VIGY OBSERVER/ENGAGE and the PASEO NS. It features a stabilised turret from the DALAS NG (deck-landing aid device for the CHARLES de GAULLE aircraft carrier), developed from 2014 to 2017 for Naval Group and French defence procurement agency DGA, which features cameras with very high magnification. It also includes a high-definition TV channel, including a powerful telescope (spotter) and a very-long-range SATIS XLR infrared imager, as well as an eye-safe laser rangefinder. A shortwave infrared channel is offered as an option, to enhance performance under foggy conditions.

Safran Electronics & Defense has over 40 years of experience in advanced sighting systems. More than 600 shipborne sighting systems from the company are now in service worldwide.

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