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18 September 2015

DSEI 2015: Sagem's BlueNaute Navigation System Chosen for Canada's new OPVs

Sagem (Safran) has won the contract from OSI Maritime Systems to provide the inertial navigation systems for the Royal Canadian Navy's six HARRY DEWOLF-class offshore patrol vessels (OPV).

Each of these arctic patrol boats will be outfitted with two BlueNaute attitude and heading systems from Sagem, which is based on a proprietary Sagem technology, the hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG). Initially used for space applications, this technology offer a major improvement in terms of maintenance and total cost of ownership compared with previous generation navigation systems. The BlueNaute system is capable of operating in the harshest environments, which means that it is ideally suited for the long-duration missions in arctic zones – up to four months - assigned to these Canadian patrol boats. The system is highly reliable, featuring mean time between failures (MTBF) exceeding 100,000 hours. It also provides services that fully match commercial shipping needs, in compliance with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization and the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) treaty.

The US Coast Guard had already selected the BlueNaute system in 2015 to modernise its RELICANCE-class medium-endurance cutters and the JUNIPER-class seagoing buoy tenders.

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