Thales has entered a partnership with CS Group to provide a complete cybersecure navigation system for use on naval surface ships.

The collaboration brings together Thales’ expertise in inertial navigation systems and CS Group’s experience in smart cyberprotected mission-critical systems.

The new compact system features the Thales’ TopAxyz inertial navigation unit used in civil aviation and CS Group’s real-time computer.

CS Group has integrated a naval version of the new maritime navigation system onto a navy vessel and demonstrated its capability in an operational setting.

CS Group naval systems business line director Gilles Rigal said: “CS Group is an expert in the design and integration of secure navigation systems, and has supplied real-time navigation computers, military-grade GPS receivers and other solutions to the French Navy and Naval Group for many years. This partnership with Thales allows us to offer an innovative, robust and resilient maritime inertial navigation system for surface ships.”

According to Thales, the system will provide the navies with accurate pointing, gyrocompass, location, and navigation capability.

It will help lower costs and integration risks and is easy to use and maintain.

Thales Flight Avionics Business, business development and sales vice-president Tristan Grivel said: “After proving their value on board aircraft, space launchers and French Army land vehicles, Thales inertial navigation systems are now available for naval platforms.

“Thales and CS Group have combined their complementary expertise to offer a navigation system that delivers the highest levels of trust, performance and security to ensure the success of naval missions.”