The international naval-defence markets are currently growing at a sustained rate, as are client expectations. To respond to this, Naval Group distinguishes itself through its understanding of the evolution of their operational needs and the excellence of the technological solutions the group is able to offer (whether integrated or not into a vessel). This dual expertise is the signature of its combat-proven vessels endowed with first-rate operational performance levels, which are the guarantee of sovereignty.
To anticipate the future needs of navies, Naval Group addresses innovation through 6 technology domains: Power, Invulnerability, Architecture and integration, Operating and mission system, Weapons and Drone integration. Two additional areas round off the group’s innovation approach with regard to competitiveness and diversification: Processes and Marine Renewable Energy.
Naval Group is the first industrial group in the world to have developped Air-Independent Propulsion Fuel Cell 2nd Generation (AIP FC2G), the 2nd generation fuel cell for conventional submarines, which it offers on the Scorpène®. AIP FC2G is a complementary module to the submarine’s main propulsion system, which multiplies submerged autonomy by a factor of 3 or 4 and consequently represents a strategic must-have for foreign navies. Thanks to a highly innovative solution developed by Naval Group (diesel reforming), the submarine is able to produce its own hydrogen on board. Not having to load or store hydrogen on board is a major advantage in terms of diving safety.
The integration of drones into combat and naval forces represents a major challenge for Naval Group. After having successfully completed over 20 launching/docking cycles for an underwater drone from its base station placed on the sea bed, its R&D programme now aims to improve the reliability of these operations from an operational submarine. Several innovations demonstrate the group’s progress in dronisation/robotisation: bidirectional acoustic homing (synchronisation between station and drone), underwater Wi-Fi (short-distance data transmission) and wireless power transmission (recharging by electromagnetic induction).
Cybersecurity in the area of naval defence is a major sovereignty priority for States. Naval Group, prime contractor and integrator of vessel weapons systems, dedicates a significant proportion of its R&D to accelerating its cybersecurity solutions for the benefit of its clients. The group ensures the protection of vessels entire lifecycle, functional chains, port and support infrastructures, as well as that of the domains internal to the company:
Naval Energies, through its subsidiary OpenHydro, proposes a turnkey and variable-geometry tidal-turbine farm offering. Organised around its Open Centre turbine, specifically designed for simplified installation and operation, this offer integrates its own patented control system and deployment and maintenance methods.
SETIS® 3.0 is the name of the new Combat System line of products, common to the FREMM, FREDA and FTI frigates, for which the hardware and software base is identical. Its highly innovative configuration on a host platform allows the rapid addition of programme- and vessel-specific applications and equipment, as well as new capacity increments.
The SUBTICS® Innovations prototype prefigures the new industrial solution to the challenges of submarine operations, deployed by Naval Group. This embarkable demonstrator embodies all the group’s know-how in the domain of whole-warship operation. It also serves as an operational laboratory to define, together with the client navies, the specificities of operational control systems for our future digital submarines.