French shipyard group DCNS has successfully performed three demonstrations of its Polaris mission system, along with interoperable NIDL tactical data link solution, in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Guinea.

The shipyard conducted the tests in collaboration with French, Cameroonian, Ivory Coast and Senegalese Navies.

The tests required simulation of a sea-rescue and offender interception scenario under real conditions.

DCNS marketing and development director Xavier Mesnet said: "Working together with the French Navy, DCNS participates in numerous support operations to strengthen the maritime security system and government action at sea.

"DCNS participates in numerous support operations to strengthen the maritime security system and government action at sea."

"Faced with an increase in criminal (piracy, drugs trafficking) and illicit (illegal fishing, illegal immigration, pollution) activities, the group is developing open-architecture and modular maritime surveillance and intervention solutions to provide a response to the sovereignty needs of states, including within the context of coalition operations."

The DCNS’ Polaris solution is an on-board mission system that covers all surveillance requirements for the aero-maritime space using a range of sensors and the automatic detection and analysis of suspicious behaviours.

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The company combines the NIDL tactical data link module with this naval system, which will support states and non-Nato members to benefit from an interoperable intelligence-gathering system that allows exchange of files and data concerning tactical situations.

Since 1990, DCNS ships have been demonstrating the interoperability of their systems in the fight against piracy, in support of the States of the economic community of central African states (ECCAS) and west African states (ECOWAS).

Image: The navies supported DCNS to perform the real-time deployment of data-transmission capacities between the land-based operations centre and the OPV deployed at sea. Photo: courtesy of DCNS.