Cassidian Optronics Upgrades Mission Effectiveness of Colombian Navy’s Subs
Cassidian Optronics is improving the mission effectiveness of the 209 class submarines of the Colombian Navy by installing state-of-the-art sighting systems. After the already ordered refurbishment of an attack periscope, the Colombian Navy has now ordered a SERO 250 search periscope from Cassidian Optronics for a 209 Class submarine.
Cassidian Optronics is the well-known producer of optronic mast systems and periscopes for submarines, formerly known as Carl Zeiss Optronics.
This contract is the first in a series of contracts aimed at the final replacement of all current optical systems on board the existing Class 209 submarines of the Colombian Navy. These submarines were commissioned in 1975 and are now in an overhaul and upgrade phase. The current programme is under contract to the German shipbuilding company HDW in Kiel. Cassidian Optronics’ SERO 250 was chosen because it is a modern and cost effective plug-in solution replacing older periscopes without having to make major modifications to the boat.
One of the main criteria for a periscope upgrade in submarines is the increase in capabilities. The SERO 250 periscope is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors. These include a new generation infrared sensor, offering the crew a night vision capability. It was specifically designed for the submarine refit market to replace legacy systems with minimal platform adaptation. In the integration process local partners in Columbia will be involved.
Previously, Cassidian Optronics won different programmes within the retrofit market, including the upgrade programme of the Turkish Navy’s AY-Class submarines.
Naval Today Staff, March 20, 2013; Image: Cassidian