Lacroix supplies navies worldwide with its SYLENA system and/or its advanced naval counter measures, among which are (for example) the Egyptian Gowind-class corvettes, major surface combatants of the French Navy or in Asia, several classes of ROK Navy vessels.
Naval News – Are you still pitching your solutions to the US Navy or are you looking to get listed with NAVSEA for potential FMS sales ?
Renaud Thetiot, Lacroix – We are still pursuing the same objectives: in one hand promote SYLENA for FFGX or LCS ships for which we are convinced that it is the perfect solution to replace obsolete chaff launchers and in the other hand thanks to our recent success in middle east and asia we think that SYLENA is the perfect match to provide antimissile protection to any ships with a very effective acquisition cost and a tremendous life cycle cost.
Naval News – What is the benefit of Lacroix’s latest generation of decoy, such as the corner reflector, compared to the commonly used chaff solution ?
Renaud Thetiot, Lacroix – All anti-ship missile on the market are perfectly able to identify chaff and thus to keep focused on the ship radar echoes. That means that a ship that is protected by chaff technology is not protected anymore. Our corner reflector technology provides a credible target that mimics the ship radar signature in term of polarization, spectrum, morphology and is not identified by chaff discriminators. It is the perfect solution to protect efficiently ships in centroid seduction and short range seduction tactics.