Sagem Showcases a Comprehensive Solution for Shipborne Defense Against Piracy
Maritime piracy has become a major global security challenge, because it often takes place on strategic shipping lanes for world trade, including the transportation of raw materials. It also has a considerable economic impact, estimated at 8 billion dollars a year. Industry is therefore looking to develop solutions that will allow ships to protect themselves over the long haul.
Sagem (Safran) is taking a comprehensive approach to this threat, offering a complete integrated shipborne system that will give commercial ships autonomous, non-lethal self-defense capabilities. Calling on Sagem’s proven expertise in high-performance shipborne optronics, the solution is designed to detect threats in timely fashion. Sagem’s shipborne self-defense system is easy to use, with a level of automation that allows it to be operated by the crew.
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The design uses an integrated systems approach, based on equipment meeting civilian standards. It is based on four operational levels of protection against all phases in an attack: long-distance detection of a suspect craft; long-distance warning and deterrence; anti-boarding actions; and protection of the ship and crew. Threat detection calls on the Vigy Observer, a day/night gyrostabilized turret, capable of identifying threats to a range of several nautical miles. This system is already under production by Sagem for coast guard ships. Fitted with a thermal imager, the Vigy Observer offers panoramic, day/night detection of attackers, even under conditions of reduced visibility. A rangefinder calculates the exact distance from the attackers.
For certain types of threats, this warning system is combined with short and long-distance self-defense weapons, such as high-power water cannon and acoustic guns. The sensor-effecter system is controlled by a smartphone that can be used anywhere on the ship.
This self-defense system was developed by a Sagem-led industrial consortium with recognized expertise in the naval, defense and security sectors: Amefo, Eca Robotics, ENSM, Lacroix, Sofresud, SeaOwl, Thales, and Bureau Veritas. It is currently undergoing sea trials on the VN-Partisan .
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