Safran Electronics and Defense (formerly Sagem) took advantage of the Euronaval show to unveil its Paseo XLR system developed for the French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. Currently undergoing acceptance testing, it is scheduled to be installed in place of the existing DALLAS (Deck Approach and Landing Laser System) during the carrier’s next major maintenance visit.
The higher-performance DALLAS NG features a modular design and can be repaired on site. The optronics system uses reactive imaging technology to observe the target which is illuminated by laser. The landing gear of French Navy Hawkeyes and Rafales are fitted with a reflector that can be detected at long range, while a laser rangefinder evalates the aircraft’s distance from the landing deck.