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Paris, June 21, 2024

Safran Electronics & Defense is developing a new solution for transmitting and receiving optical communications by laser. This innovation will enable armed forces to share information at very high speed with no risk of jamming or interception. It is the result of the company’s expertise in inertial navigation, optronics and communications.

Laser optical communication technology will be based on terminals that can transmit and receive optical communications: one terminal to send data encoded in a laser beam, the other to receive it and convert it into digital information. Users will be able to share messages, pictures and video at ranges of tens of kilometers, or even further with the aid of relay satellites.

Laser optical links offer several advantages over traditional radio communication, including discretion and resistance to interference. But also throughput, with speeds of 5 Gb/s to 50 Gb/s, which is a major benefit as data volumes continue to increase and data-hungry AI becomes more widely deployed.

One of the main challenges with an optical communication system is to establish a direct line of sight between two terminals, and then ensure its stability during data transfer, whatever the conditions (for example, heavy swell for naval applications). Safran Electronics & Defense has addressed this challenge, drawing on its technological expertise in the development of mobile platform-mounted optronic sights and satellite communication solutions.

“We’re one of the only companies in the world today capable of developing this technology at scale for use by the armed forces,” says Alexandre Ziegler, Executive VP, Defense Gobal Business Unit of Safran Electronics & Defense. “We already have sovereign control over all the necessary technological components. And our teams have a deep understanding of military requirements and related technical issues on land, at sea, in the air and in space.” 

At Eurosatory 2024, June 17 to 21, Safran Electronics & Defense will be running a live demonstration of its optical communication solution on its stand (Hall 6, G25).

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 92 000 employees and sales of 23.2 billion euros in 2023, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices

Safran Electronics & Defense offers its customers on-board intelligence solutions allowing them to understand the environment, to reduce mental load and to guarantee a trajectory, even in critical situations, in all environments: on land, at sea, in the sky or space. The company harnesses the expertise of its 12,000 employees towards these three functions: observe, decide and guide, for the civil and military markets.

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