Innovation, our core strategy

As an international high-tech company, Naval Group uses the outstanding know-how of its 17,000 employees, its unique industrial resources and capacity to set up innovative strategic partnerships in order to meet its customers’ requirements.


At Naval Group, innovation serves two major challenges: guaranteeing the technological superiority of our customers across all oceans, and improving our competitiveness, a condition for our leadership on all continents.

Innovation is also about ambition: offering excellence in naval defence and energy. Naval Group has introduced innovation into its technological strategic plan, in 6 major areas: Smart naval force, Invulnerable ship, Smart ship, Blue ship, Smart availability, Smart industry.
To accelerate its innovation approach, Naval Group relies on 3 fundamental pillars: “collaborative innovation”, “open innovation” and “breakthrough innovation”. An agile approach – like our various laboratories and technology incubators – which, combined with the recognised scientific expertise of the Naval Research teams, does not pass up any promising conceptual designs.

Centres of excellence: the world of Naval Group

Innovation knows no borders. Thanks to Operational Excellence Centres (Centres d’Excellence Opérationnelle - COEs) in France and around the world, Naval Group is investing massively to extend its sphere of influence, surround itself with the best partners internationally and stay one step ahead.

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more than 100

collaborative R&D projects underway

more than 40

international partners

1 500

employees involved in R&D work


areas of technical expertise


doctoral students supervised per year


million in research tax credit


nationalities represented


publications and annual congress participations


families of patents


patent applications per year

4 700

m2 dedicated to collaborative innovation at the Innov'Factory in Angoulême-Ruelle


joint laboratories and partnership chairs


transversal scientific fields

La Pérouse scientific prize

Each year, on the occasion of the Naval Innovation Days, the La Pérouse Prize is awarded by the Naval Group Scientific Council to one of its researchers, for the pertinence and boldness of their research project.

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Naval Group reveals the SMX® 31 E, its 2020 concept ship

Unifying focuses

Smart naval force, Invulnerable ship, Smart ship, Blue ship, Smart availability, Smart industry.

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Open Innovation

Opening up, identifying talented partnerships, inventing new ways of working together, in France and around the world, to accelerate the implementation of new on-board technologies.

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