Safran Wins WALRUS-class Modernisation Contract


SIGMA 40 Navigation Systems to Enhance Performance

The Royal Netherlands Navy (RNlN) has selected Safran Electronics & Defence to provide updated inertial navigation systems (INS) for the service’s four WALRUS-class submarines, the company announced on 1 February.

Safran won the contract to supply its SIGMA 40 INS and associated computers after an international competition. “We chose Safran Electronics & Defense because we have great confidence in their long experience as a supplier of naval equipment. Their system’s performance and reliability, as well as customer support, were also decisive factors in our selection,” explained Danny Pronk, Projects Procurement Officer and Jaap Hagesteijn, Senior Naval Systems Integrator at the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). Safran has been supplying INS for surface vessels and submarines for over 70 years and has some 600 ship sets in service or on order around the world. The SIGMA 40 series has become the world’s best-selling INS and is now in service with over 40 navies.

We are very proud of this selection, which recognises our position as a favoured supplier to Walrus class submarines. We will continue to deliver top-flight service to the DMO, whose selection once again illustrates our outstanding expertise in this field,” commented Jean-Christophe Mugler, Head of Sales and Marketing at the Defence Division of Safran Electronics & Defence.

Tim Mahon


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