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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

French BPC amphibious assault ships to receive remote weapon station, infra-red search-and-track system

FS Tonnerre (L9014)By the end of 2015, the French Navy is scheduled to have begun upgrade work on its three Mistral-class landing helicopter dock BPC (Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement) amphibious assault ships Mistral (L9013), Tonnerre (L9014), and Dixmude (L9015) with the aim of reinforcing their autonomous protection capability.

Each ship will be outfitted out with two Nexter Systems NARWHAL 20B remote weapon stations and two Sagem Electro-Optical Multifunction System - New Generation (EOMS-NG) day-night, gyro-stabilised, infra-red search-and-track optronic systems.

The current two 20 mm 20F2 cannons will be withdrawn, although the ships will keep their two MBDA SIMBAD launchers armed with two ready-to-fire MISTRAL very-short range surface-to-air missiles.

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