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Safran’s GEONYX M Aims at Special Forces

Accurate, Reliable, Compact and Versatile

At the SOFINS 2021 event in June, Safran Electronics & Defence introduced its new GEONYX M inertial navigation and pointing systems, which joins the GEONYX range of systems for ground vehicles, the ARGONYX line for larger surface vessels and the BLACK-ONYX range for submarines.

Based on the CRYSTAL hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG), GEONYX M incorporates Safran’s latest inertial navigation technologies to enhance performance and integration, while reducing the total cost of ownership. It is a compact unit, not requiring connection to any external sensors or – since it is highly shock resistant – any external suspension system. It is designed primarily for naval platforms such as fast attack craft or rescue boats, as well as amphibious vehicles, providing precision data regarding platform attitude and position for navigation, positioning and pointing purposes.

A versatile, high performance system, GEONYX M was developed in the light of recommendations from FUSCOL@B, the French Marine Corps’ innovation laboratory in Lorient. It is thus particularly suitable for special forces operators, who are frequently called upon to operate in difficult, taxing environments – including those in which satellite navigation signals are disrupted or entirely absent.

Safran Electronics & Defense has leveraged the simplicity and maturity of HRG technology to develop a wide range of compact and ultra-reliable inertial navigation systems, offering performance levels tailored to specific applications. These systems are used in both civil and military applications in all domains – in the air, at sea, on land and in space: since their introduction in 2012, over 1,000 HRG-based inertial systems for ships have been produced, for example. The GEONYX inertial system for land applications has already logged more than 300 orders, and has been deployed by 30 global operators since being introduced in 2018.

Building on over 70 years’ experience in the technologies underpinning accurate, reliable inertial navigation, Safran Electronics & Defense has delivered over 150,000 resonating gyros to date. The company is the European leader in the market and occupies the number three position worldwide.

The GEONYX M seen in a typically demanding application, appropriate to deployment and operation by special forces. (Photo: Safran Electronics & Defense)

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