SELEX Galileo wins contract to supply Janus Naval electro-optic turrets to the Armed Forces of Malta
SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract by the Maltese Armed Forces to deliver two Janus Naval (Janus-N) electro-optic observation and fire control panoramic sights. The sights will be installed on patrol boats operated by the Armed Forces of Malta. The contract is part-financed by the External Borders Funds 2011 (EBF): 80% EU funds, 20% National Maltese Funds.
The Janus-N, derived from the successful Janus land sight, has been steadily gaining interest on the international market. It is currently in service with patrol units in the Italian Navy and used for day and night-time maritime surveillance.
Mauro Gori, SELEX Galileo’s SVP for Electro-optics, Land and Naval, said: “The Janus-N helps strengthen our customer’s surveillance capabilities and improves the situational awareness of those who are called upon to make decisions. I’m particularly proud of this achievement which demonstrates how competitive we are as a company, not just in the domestic Italian market but also in the international arena.”
The Janus-N features a stabilised multi-sensor turret that contains a day (TV) camera, a night (IR) camera and a laser rangefinder to detect the distances of targets under observation. A console allows the operator to manage the various modes of the system and the open-architecture of the Janus-N allows it to be integrated with the existing command and control systems on-board the ship.
Notes to editors:
SELEX Galileo provides a number of sensors for naval applications that include:
• Thermal imaging cameras such as the latest generation ERICA Plus, SLX Hawk and SLX Merlin
• The integrated Maritime Situational Awareness System (MSAS) of which Janus is a part
• The Silent Acquisition and Surveillance System (SASS) InfraRed Search and Track (IRST) system, selected for the Italian-French FREMM programme and the Italian Navy’s flagship Cavour-class carrier. The SASS has recently been offered to a number of international customers.