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Innovation priorities

Technological advances and breakthrough innovations open up new perspectives but also reshuffle the cards in terms of corporate strategy and culture.

Our six guiding principles for innovation aim to strengthen:
– collaborative innovation serving operational performance, by uniting all the talents of a scientific ecosystem and high-performance technologies based on industrial and financial resources;
– international exposure through the creation of subsidiaries, R&D centres and partnerships with start-ups and SMEs abroad;
– governance redesigned based on faster and more agile processes.

    Priority 1. Smart Naval Force, coordination and connectivity of the air-sea force

    Responding to new threats (terrorist, IT, ballistic, etc.) but also engaging and neutralising them requires ever faster and more effective means.

    Among them, developing “collaborative combat” capabilities at the scale not of one or two ships, but of an entire air-sea force, is a serious advantage. What is at stake for Naval Group? Developing and integrating autonomous vehicles to bring new capabilities to its customers in terms of surveillance, intelligence and air-sea warfare, with the support of new players: drones.


    Smart Naval Force

    Priority 2. Invulnerable Ship, ultra-stealthy, ultra-robust, ultra-resilient

    Ships and drones resistant to different types of attacks - from asymmetric threats to hyper-fast missiles - able to maintain operational superiority in the most severe sea conditions and to blend into the environment, without leaving a trace: Naval Group develops the ultimate in military naval performance to equip its client navies.


    Invulnerable Ship

    Priority 3. Smart Ship, an intelligent, communicating and cyber-secure ship at the service of people

    Ship automation is being stepped up, and the latest innovations are being continuously integrated into their advanced and scalable systems.

    Ship automation is being stepped up, and the latest innovations are being continuously integrated into their advanced and scalable systems. This is why Naval Group develops a user-centric approach, upstream of system design, associating future users with the choice of human-machine interaction technologies, the definition of use cases and the validation of the solutions selected.


    Smart ship

    Priority 4. Blue Ship, energy efficiency, power and eco-design

    Guaranteeing energy autonomy required for all its current and future missions in terms of energy efficiency and power, with the smallest possible environmental footprint for the whole warship, by pooling energy and hybridising its sources.

    Naval Group continues to invest in the identification and development of solutions that meet these objectives. Just like the range of new-generation lithium batteries, the technology of which provides the perfect response to the operational environment and submarine safety criteria.


    Blue Ship

    Priority 5. Smart Availability, anticipation and agility in maintenance

    Having reliable, durable ships with increased availability at sea by deploying predictive maintenance and remote assistance services for the naval force.

    Naval Group is carrying out a number of projects and various research to ensure the continuous control of ship operational performance. From system design to operation, on-board additive manufacturing and the Phoenix solution for controlling operational capabilities after damage in combat, all these innovations ensure the operational availability of ships.


    Artificial Intelligence

    Priority 6. Smart Industry, improved workstations and projects in industry 4.0

    The digital revolution, big data and artificial intelligence are pushing not only ships to evolve, but also shipyards.

    Naval Group offers a digital, flexible and agile industrial tool to meet the growing needs of these customers. Through numerous partnerships, technologies that were once futuristic have now entered the daily lives of employees, such as cobotics, additive manufacturing or augmented reality. The ship’s data is scrutinised by the Group’s experts throughout its life cycle, representing a veritable digital twin and providing a source of increasing quality and competitiveness.


    Smart Industry


R&D governance is overseen by the Naval Group Innovation and Technical Control Department (Direction de l’Innovation et de l’expertise Technologique - DIT). This department ensures its mission by drawing on all the Group's entities and expertise, including Naval Research which has 3 R&D centres of expertise.

Scientific Council

Thirteen figures from the scientific world, five nationalities, the Naval Group Scientific Council provides advisory opinions whose aim is to push the Group's innovative capacity towards the breakthroughs that will make the difference.