Curtains went down for the Euronaval 2018 exhibition on Friday 26th October in Paris-Le Bourget, with positive outcomes for the naval sector; industrialists, delegations, international organisations and visitors.
The exhibition, a biennial event, celebrated 50 years of naval innovation in with a new 200-sqm area devoted to startups. Christened SEAnnovation, the space was designed to bring together innovative, future-oriented startup companies in the maritime and naval sectors.
With more than 23,000 visitors, many new exhibits were unveiled at the show.
Italian naval systems manufacturer CABI Cattaneo unveiled details of its new special forces Deep Shadow swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV). The vehicle features a modular design and promises operational and payload flexibility to fulfil multiple mission requirements.
French engineering group CNIM launched a new multimission landing craft, called the LCX, designed for use by naval forces specialising in reconnaissance and the preparation and execution of maritime and amphibious operations from a landing helicopter dock (LHD).
The French defence minister Florence Parly used the platform to outline the French naval modernisation programmes. He said that two batiments de soutien et d’assistance hauturiers (BSAH) offshore support and assistance vessels, a frégate multimission (FREMM) frigate, a light patrol vessel, a batiment multimission (B2M) ocean patrol ship, two upgraded Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), and two NH90 helicopters would be delivered to the French Navy in 2019.
Parly also announced the modernisation of more Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
France also announced its decision to join the LSS programme to meet its national FLOTLOG (Flotte Logistique) requirement for four new multirole afloat support vessels.
A benchmark exhibition in the naval defence industry, this international biennial event has been organised by the GICAN (French Marine Industry Group) since 1968. The GICAN federates more than 165 businesses and represents 40,000 direct jobs in France for a sales figure of 8,5 billion Euros.