Atos press release
The “Albatros” is set to be commissioned in 2025 as part of the AVSIMAR program led by the French Armament General Directorate (Direction Générale de l’Armement, DGA). The aircraft will leverage the capabilities of the French Navy (Marine nationale), delivering homeland maritime protection and defense.
The AVSIMAR program provides a response to the challenges of French government action at sea. These include fighting pollution and trafficking, border surveillance and exclusion zones as well as search and rescue at sea. Spearheading the program, the Albatros is equipped with a next-generation mission system and high-performance sensors. The aircraft features a multifunction radar, multispectral optronic turret, observation windows, a Search & Rescue (SAR) kit release system and dedicated communication systems. Combined, these sensors enable HD video and data streams, producing real-time analysis and fully enhancing tactical situation awareness.
Atos will manage the design and production of the inflight video system, which ensures the compression, distribution and transmission of various data and tactical videos on board while taking into account IT security issues. As such, Atos will ensure that the system meets strict security requirements by verifying the integrity and authenticity of data software and by providing secure data and video interconnections.
Atos’ solution is focused on key foundational issues of Maritime Surveillance Aviation. To this end, the Group will successfully consolidate mission-critical, secure, and reliable data while supporting the development of military aircraft. The solution guarantees optimal performance in all of the French Naval Aviation’s missions and within a secure technology environment.
Cyril Dujardin, SVP, Head of ‘Digital Security’ at Atos said:
“We are proud to assist Dassault Aviation in preparing the Falcon Albatros aircraft which will support the French government in its maritime surveillance and intervention missions. Through this strategic project, we are strengthening our long-standing relationship with Dassault Aviation with a focus on inflight systems. In doing so, we are also applying our expertise to deploy security mission systems and fiber optic HD videos.”
Naval News comments:
On Novembre 19, 2020, the French Minister of the Armed Forces confirmed a contract notification to Dassault Aviation for twelve “Albatros” Maritime Surveillance and Intervention Aircraft (AVSIMAR). Based on the Falcon 2000LXS, the Albatros is set to replace previous generations of maritime surveillance aircraft in service with the French Navy and on the export market. Arriving after 2025, it is likely to operate alongside next generation maritime UAVs.
Thales is set to provide a number of systems for the Albratos program, including the SEARCHMASTER. surveillance radar, the TopAXYZ inertial navigation system, the TopStar 100-2 military GPS and the TopShield CRPA anti-jamming system. Safran Electronics & Defense will provide its new generation Euroflir™410 EO/IR system for the aircraft.