Exavision press release
Over the last 18 months, Exavision has produced and delivered to one of its main customers, important batches of targeting systems for naval remote controlled weapon stations. Next 12-months backlog is already busy with important deliveries.
Exavision’s multi-sensor targeting Electro-Optical Systems are a smart combination of daylight sensors and uncooled thermal cameras, associated to a Laser Range Finder (LRF), and integrated into a waterproof, qualified and field proven mechanical assembly.This product range has been designed and developed to answer all customer requirements focused on rugged equipment for military applications.
As a French optronics designer and manufacturer for more than 30 years, Exavision proposes a range of rugged optronic solutions suitable for small and medium Remote Weapon Stations, Army platforms (Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Armoured Persona Carriers, Light Battle Tanks, Self-propelled Artillery…) and Navy vessels (Destroyers, Frigates, OPV…).
Specific customized solutions are available for retrofit programs (cameras replacement, IR enhancement with cooled or uncooled cameras, all-in-one rugged boxes…) by keeping same interfaces for end-user.
• Tailored solutions (design and build) for Remote Weapon Systems
• French technology, no export restriction from third country
• Extend platforms’ lifecycle with optronic and mechatronic enhancement
• 15 years experience in various conditions (ground, naval)
Naval News comments
Naval News understood that the main customer is the French Navy (Marine Nationale). Indeed it was confirmed that Exavision supplies Nexter (the Narwhal OEM) with its Nexus optical system. The Nexus sensor is integrated on the 20mm remote weapons stations which are mainly used by the French Navy.
As we reported last year, the French armament procurement agency (DGA) awarded Nexter and its co-contractor Naval Group a contract for the modernization of the Narwhal 20B 20mm remote weapon stations (RWS) fitted aboard all French Navy surface vessels.
Accordingly, the whole French surface fleet equipped with the Narwhal 20B weapon system is benefiting from these improvements. In numbers, this means:
- 16x systems for the Aquitaine-class FREMM multi-missions frigates (including air defense FREMM frigates Alsace and Lorraine)
- 6x systems for the three Mistral-class LHDs
- 6x systems for the two Horizon-class air defense destroyers
- 3x systems on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier
- 1 system for the PEM, the main instruction center of the French Navy.
- 1 spare system
Furthermore, French Navy’s future 6 OPVs – Patrouilleur d’Outre-Mer (POM), that will be delivered between 2023 and 2025 – will be fitted with the Narwhal as main gun.
Thus, the deliveries done and to come by Nexter and therefore by Exavision, match with the orders from the French MoD.