Vocational Day with students from Maristas School in Cartagena

On November 23rd, a group of first-year high school students from the Maristas educational centre visited the SAES facilities in Cartagena and La Palma as part of the ’24 hours with you’ programme. The aim of this vocational day, organised by the school, is to give students the opportunity to firsthand experience the professional experiences and career paths that can be achieved by studying degrees such as Engineering or Mathematics.

During the visit to the Cartagena head office, the students were welcomed by César Solano, General Manager and former student of the Maristas school, who welcomed them and shared his professional experience in the field of engineering. For her part, Esther Corbalán, Head of People Development, presented the activities developed at SAES and highlighted the study of different activities and the benefits of performing different roles in the professional field.

At the La Palma facilities, the students were accompanied by José Ramón Martínez, Production Area Manager, and Manuel Castilla, Manufacturing Manager in the Production Area. Both showed the students the different areas of the manufacturing process and shared their knowledge and experiences in the field of engineering.

During the day, the students had the opportunity to interact with colleagues from SAES, who shared their experiences and knowledge, providing advice and resolving doubts about the professional future.

For Esther Corbalán, “SAES’s participation in activities of this type is fundamental as we contribute to our environment, and at the same time it allows us to foster vocations in STEM degrees”.

SAES will equip the S-80 class submarines with the latest generation smart mines

The public company will provide state-of-the-art multi-influence mines that will allow the detection of underwater threats and address different scenarios based on the signals received. 

SAES has been awarded this important contract from the Ministry of Defence, which represents another technological leap in this type of weaponry that will be incorporated into the S-80 class submarines and will be developed over five years with an amount of more than 15 million euros. 

The Council of Ministers on July 4th authorised the framework agreement for the acquisition of last generation smart mines for the S-80 class submarines that Navantia is building for the Spanish Navy, the first delivery of which was on Thursday, November 30th. This framework agreement is a five-year operation with an estimated value of 15.5 million euros. The aim is to incorporate new mines with the latest technological advances. 

SAES’s naval mines are the most advanced intelligent naval mines currently in production. They are manufactured in three different models, depending on the different depths and characteristics of the waters: moored mines, low-profile mines, and those that will go on the S-80, the cylindrical bottom mines. Their sensors allow the measurement of magnetic, electric, acoustic, pressure, and seismic influences. However, the true intelligence of the mine lies in the processing of these influences, making it a more effective and safer naval mine in the detection of possible underwater threats. 

This is the second mine contract for the S-80s signed by the Ministry of Defence and SAES, following the one formalised at the end of 2022 for the supply of multi-influence bottom mines in their training version (known as dummy), for an amount of 650,000 euros and a duration of two years. They are used for training tasks in the mining area and are prepared for launch from the torpedo tubes of the submarines, an activity that has been successfully carried out as part of the S81 acceptance test schedule. 

As stated by the General Manager of SAES, Cesar Solano, “the signing of this contract with the Ministry of Defence represents another technological leap in this type of weaponry that will be incorporated into the S-80 class submarines, demonstrating that we continue to be at the forefront in the development of intelligent naval mines, competing internationally and once again putting our capabilities in hydroacoustic and multi-influence at the service of the Spanish Navy.” 

Other contributions from SAES to the S-80

SAES is the only Spanish company with sonar (design and production) and underwater acoustics capabilities. The company’s extensive collaboration in the S-80 class submarine programme is backed by its technological capacity, proprietary developments, high specialisation in acoustics, and solid experience in large naval programmes at a national and international level.

In addition to the bottom mines, SAES contributes to the S-80 programme the acoustic classification system, the sonar performance prediction system, the noise monitoring system, and the target motion analysis system. It has also developed the towed sonar, the HMI of all sonars, the stimulation of sonars, and the simulation of the acoustic environment for the Tactical Simulator.

Furthermore, it is in charge of the fine-tuning of the towed sonar, and provides various engineering works for the tactical system, the acoustic system, and the development of the submarine’s tests. Finally, SAES’s participation is also essential in supporting the life cycle and maintenance of the submarine throughout its useful life.

In summary, SAES develops technology so that the S-80 class submarines can listen under the sea and interpret what they hear, identifying and classifying what is happening around them.

SAES showcases its capabilities and new corporate image at DSEI London, the world’s largest defence and security exhibition

SAES, a company specialising in underwater technology and protection, has recently revamped its corporate image and brand narrative to showcase its dual-use (for defence and civil sectors) capabilities and technology. This renewal is part of the company’s modernisation process that began last year, and is encapsulated in the slogan ‘innovate, develop and protect’.

At the 2023 edition of DSEI, an international security and defence equipment exhibition held in London from 12th to 15th September, 2,800 companies participated and around 35,000 visitors attended. DSEI 2023 brought together the industry, armed forces and governments from over 70 countries.

SAES, a specialist in underwater technology and protection, presented at DSEI its high-tech capabilities and systems for the civil and military markets, showcasing a submerged unit of the multi-frequency signature measurement portable system (MIRS). In addition, SAES develops defence and security solutions on board all types of platforms: submarines, surface ships and anti-submarine aircraft and helicopter.

SAES has recently revamped its brand narrative based on its dual-use (for defence and civil sectors) capabilities and technology in signal processing through sonars, acoustic intelligence systems, signature measurement and intelligence, security systems and surveillance of critical infrastructures such as ports, thermal power plants, refineries, offshore wind farms, etc.

At DSEI 2023, Ignacio Gutiérrez, Business Development Director, along with Julián Valdez, Business Strategy Manager, and Alejandro Rejas, Lifecycle Support and Loyalty Manager, held fruitful meetings on behalf of SAES with their partners and clients, from which interesting points of collaboration have been obtained to continue working on.

SAES is dedicated to sustainable innovation in underwater technology

Within its commitment to sustainable technology, SAES is establishing strategic alliances and has recently presented its renewed brand narrative. Through its initiative to protect marine environments and the development of unmanned underwater vehicles for both the civilian and defence sectors, SAES is reinforcing its leadership in underwater technology for a more secure and sustainable world.

SAES (Underwater Acoustics and Electronics Systems) presented its new corporate image at the latest International Defence and Security Exhibition (Feindef), held in Madrid from 17th to 19th May with enormous participation at national as well as international level. The company reinforces its leadership as a firm specialising in underwater technology and protection, in both the defence and security sector as well as the environmental one. In the words of its CEO, Joaquín López Pagán, it represents “a turning point after 34 years working as a public company that has encouraged us to continue contributing with the utmost commitment to the defence and security technology industry of our country”.

SAES has renewed its brand narrative in order to show its dual-use capabilities and technology (for the defence and civilian sectors) in signature processing by means of sonar, acoustic intelligence systems, measuring and intelligence of signatures, security and surveillance systems for critical infrastructures such as harbours, thermal electric power stations, refineries, offshore wind farms, etc.

Collaboration agreements

In its initiative to establish strategic alliances, SAES has recently signed collaboration agreements with other companies, amongst which special mention should be made of those reached with the Marine Technology Centre (CTN) and with SH Defence.

The agreement signed between SAES and the Marine Technology Centre (CTN) brings together the efforts of both organisations in working towards sustainable technological innovation in the naval sector and in maritime environmental protection. Both companies will work together in tackling issues of acoustic contamination in maritime environments, in developing technologies for sustainable digital transformation of the naval sector, and to face the challenges of the maritime industry, while always considering the protection of seas and oceans.

In this sense, SAES will contribute its technological capacity, its knowledge and talent to delve into its sustainability strategy, focusing on protecting maritime environments and cooperating in the development of products that reduce acoustic and electromagnetic contamination in seas and oceans. This collaboration with CTN will enable SAES to broaden its vision of innovating, developing, and protecting, adding value in matters of environmental protection to its business activity.

SAES has also signed a collaboration agreement with SH Defence to work together in integrating SAES mine systems with SH Defence deployment units.

Open innovation

SAES collaborates with universities, technological centres, and other companies in its process of open innovation, driving a virtuous circle of innovation.

The company works on cutting-edge projects such as new-generation unmanned underwater vehicles and collaboration in the fight against acoustic contamination in marine environments.

Feindef 2023 was the setting chosen by Navantia, SAES and Perseo Techworks to present one of the most innovative projects, the development of a line of unmanned underwater vehicles with latest generation sensors. This project seeks to deploy exploration and surveillance capabilities in increasingly demanding settings.

SAES will contribute its experience in sonar technology, underwater communications, and operational concepts to provide tactical and mission capacity to the unmanned vehicles. The collaboration between the three companies will drive innovation in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles, offering more secure and economical solutions for defence missions and civilian applications.

This open innovation is key to attracting and retaining talent, as well as for compliance with the SAES sustainability strategy.

The new corporate image and new brand narrative of SAES, within the framework of the company’s modernisation process which began last year, defend the common task of innovation, developing, and protecting.

SAES means innovation for a more secure world.

Navantia, SAES, and Perseo commit to developing a line of unmanned underwater vehicles

Navantia, SAES, and Perseo have announced during the FEINDEF (defence and security exhibition) their intention to develop a line of unmanned underwater vehicles equipped with state-of-the-art sensors to deploy exploration and surveillance capabilities in increasingly demanding operational theatres.

Navantia has launched a roadmap to incorporate a range of solutions based on unmanned vehicles (UXV) into its product catalogue, aiming to cover the full spectrum of missions to be executed in different domains: naval, aerial, and land, where these platforms provide tactical superiority. This roadmap is part of the company’s Horizon 5.0, a long-term plan through which Navantia aims to strengthen its systems business as a core activity alongside shipbuilding, intelligent services, and green energies.

In the submarine domain, SAES, a leading company in underwater acoustics and electronics with nearly 35 years of experience in developing technologies in this field, positions itself as one of the main national players to provide tactical and mission capabilities to unmanned vehicles (UXVs) based on its expertise in sonar technology, underwater communications, and operational concepts for various missions. SAES, whose essence and strategy are summarised in its new brand “innovate, develop, and protect”, approaches this field from two perspectives: collaborating in their development to make them truly autonomous and using them in conjunction with other proprietary systems to provide submarine defence solutions within the scope of its business lines.

Perseo Techworks, a Spanish company specialising in UXV, numerical simulation, onboard electronics, rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, IoT, and artificial intelligence, has extensive knowledge and experience in the sector, participating in various European projects and R&D+i at the national level.

SAES and Perseo, together with Abance Ingeniería y Servicios, Arisnova, and Eolos Floating Lidar Solutions, participate in the E-PARK+ project, led by Navantia, which seeks to develop solutions for digitising the operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms using unmanned vehicles alongside other industry companies.

At FEINDEF, a UUV prototype with distinctive features that would allow it to cover a multitude of missions has been exhibited. This first approach is focused on its use in mine countermeasure (MCM) missions, although its possible application as an advanced sensor or loitering munition is being studied based on the same development and with few modifications.

Donato Martínez Pérez de Rojas, Director of Technologies and Digital Transformation and Systems and Services at Navantia, Joaquín López Pagán, President and CEO of SAES, and Sergio Olmos Guío, CEO of Perseo Techworks, have expressed their commitment to collaborate in promoting innovation in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles.

“Unmanned vehicles are an asset of growing importance for the armed forces and civilian applications. Navantia already has experience in the development of unmanned surface vessels (USV), and together with SAES and Perseo, we want to expand our catalogue to those intended for the submarine domain,” said Donato Martínez.

According to SAES President Joaquín López Pagán, “at SAES, we are committed to the development of sustainable technologies in the naval sector. Our experience in underwater acoustics and electronics positions us as one of the main players in providing autonomy to unmanned vehicles and collaborating in their development to make them truly autonomous. Moreover, as they do not require human crew members, these vehicles are a safer and more economical option for carrying out defence missions and civilian applications.”

“The development of unmanned systems requires specific technologies and working methodologies for competitive developments. Perseo Techworks works on these enabling technologies within a work scheme that allows for rapid iterations, in which simulation, rapid prototyping, and testing and trial capabilities are intertwined to create products with very short development times and adaptable to a constantly changing market,” says Sergio Olmos Guío.

Navantia, SAES, and Perseo commit to developing a line of unmanned underwater vehicles

SAES and CTN will work together for sustainable technological innovation in the naval sector and for the protection of the marine environment

The International Defence and Security Exhibition, FEINDEF, has been the setting this morning for the signing of an agreement between SAES and the Naval and Maritime Technology Centre (CTN), in which both entities will work together to raise awareness among civil society about the problems of underwater noise pollution, develop technologies that enable sustainable digital transformation in the naval sector, and address challenges in the maritime industry to drive innovation while protecting seas and oceans.

The signing of this agreement, attended by the President of SAES, Joaquín López Pagán, the President of CTN, Mariano Jiménez, and the Director of the Murcian Technology Centre, Noelia Ortega, aims to have technologists from both sides create a new joint paradigm by applying their knowledge and experience to projects focused on the care of the marine environment, becoming a benchmark for environmental stewardship within the national business community.

During the signing, which took place at the booth of the Institute for the Promotion of the Region of Murcia (INFO) at FEINDEF, the Regional Minister for Business, Social Economy and Self-Employment of the Region of Murcia, Valle Miguélez Santiago, and the Director of INFO, Joaquín Gómez, were also present, expressing their support for this alliance that confirms the competitiveness of Murcia region companies and their good health in R&D&I development. Miguélez highlighted “the potential that exists in the Region of Murcia to participate in defence and security projects, combining the experience of already established companies in these types of projects with the fresh knowledge and technology provided by startups, innovative SMEs and technology centres.”

In this agreement, SAES will contribute its technological capabilities, knowledge and talent to deepen its sustainability strategy, with one of its objectives being to protect the marine environment and cooperate, through technological reflection, in a product development vision that helps reduce acoustic and electromagnetic pollution in seas and oceans. López also believes that this alliance significantly contributes to achieving results that will build a more habitable world and, above all,

solve the existing problems in the sea, as “SAES, which has already participated in research projects and acoustic impact studies, demonstrates today that it is taking a further step in its commitment to the conservation of oceans and long-term sustainability by addressing the issue of this invisible but audible pollution,” he emphasises. 

According to the President of the company specialising in underwater acoustics and electronics, the essence of SAES lies in innovation, development and protection, and this commitment extends the public company’s vision to incorporate environmental protection value into its business activities. In the words of Joaquín López, the collaboration “could not be otherwise than with the Naval and Maritime Technology Centre, a reference in the field of marine environment sustainability, and we must congratulate them for the work they do, as well as their president, Mariano Jiménez, and their director, Noelia Ortega.”

On her part, the director of CTN pointed out that the alliance demonstrates the technology centre’s commitment, on one hand, to sustainability and, on the other hand, to the productive sectors of the region and the state. “We have been conducting research related to sustainability and the potential impact of underwater noise for years; however, we see that in order to address this challenge more broadly and, in some way, transfer the results of this research and turn them into real benefits for society, we need to work hand in hand with the industry.” Ortega stressed that SAES’ nearly 35 years of experience as the leading exponent in underwater acoustics and electronics in the defence industry is key to demonstrating the true commitment and intention to provide society with the transfer of knowledge on underwater noise in the civil sphere.

Mariano Jiménez, during the signing of this agreement, recalled that “the CTN, created in its origins as a meeting point between the different actors of the maritime and naval industrial ecosystem, aims to promote the exchange of information between professionals from the administration, public and private organisations, companies and academia, in order to identify their needs and also the opportunities in the sector.” He also emphasised that these sector needs derive from the major challenges facing the defence and security sector in Spain and even Europe, which are: being competitive in a global environment, adapting and taking advantage of the opportunities of digital transformation, and ensuring the sustainability of our seas and oceans.

SAES takes part in the 7th edition of ‘Itinere’, a youth employment day that highlights technology, industry and the port as the major sources of employment in Cartagena

SAES has taken part in the ‘Itinere 2023’, a boosting youth employment day with representatives of leading companies from the naval and industrial sectors, in a rounded table about the career opportunities in the Port of Cartagena. SAES director of Human Resources, Esther Corbalan, has talked about the company’s activity and its most demanded professional profiles

The 7th edition of ‘Itinere 2023’, a boosting youth employment day, has taken place in El Batel Auditorium and Conference Centre in Cartagena. It has been organised by the Youth Council and the Local Development Agency. Itinere was launched seven years ago as a meeting point for young people and companies from Cartagena area with the aim of mobilising youngsters and make them the main actors in their own training and career development.

SAES Director of Human Resources has participated in a rounded-table about career opportunities in the Port of Cartagena, where she has spoken about her role in the company, and the most demanded professional profiles at SAES.

Esther explained in her talk that company internships are “a great opportunity for students to consolidate the knowledge acquired at their educational centres, as well as to put it into practice within the firm’s operating environment.”

 

Esther Corbalán, SAES Director of Human Resources, participated in Itínere 2023

 

SAES presents its latest solutions on defence and security at IDEX & NAVDEX 2023, the industry’s largest exhibition in the MENA region

IDEX & NAVDEX 2023 exhibitions are being held from 20th to 24th February in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (United Arab Emirates). Both are considered the largest exhibitions in the defence and security sectors in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). SAEs presents at IDEX its solutions for underwater defence and security in the Spanish pavilion, organised by TEDAE (Spanish Association for Defence, Aeronautical and Space Technologies), as well as the MIRS system in the Navantia booth at NAVDEX.

Around 20 Spanish companies are showing their technological solutions at IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) and NAVDEX (Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition) from the 20th to 24th February at the National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both events are organised by ADNEC Group in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Defence.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of IDEX, the largest defence exhibition in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), where the latest technology for the aerial, land and naval defence. IDEX is promoted as an international platform to establish and strengthen networks with international decision-makers from within the defence industry, governments, armed forces and military personnel. The event has 1350 exhibiting companies and 350 official delegations from around the globe are attending.

SAES presence in the TEDAE Spanish pavilion

SAES takes part in the IDEX exhibition within the Spanish pavilion (booth 12 – E10) organised and coordinated by TEDAE (Spanish Association for Defence, Aeronautical and Space Technologies). SAES is present along with other national companies such as Arquimea, Aunav, Escribano Mechanical & Egineering, Expal, Hisdesat, i-4s, Instalaza, Iraundi, Jomipsa, Nammo, Navantia, Satlantis, Sener, Tecnobit – Grupo Oesía and Uro.

SAES is presenting at IDEX its latest technology and solutions for underwater defence and security in both the civilian and military sectors. With more than 30 years of experience in the naval sector, SAES develops smart naval mines, limpet naval mines, ASW systems, multi-influence range systems, and sonar and underwater protection systems for critical infrastructures.

One of the core pillars of the SAES Strategic Plan is the digital transformation that is being carried out in all its processes. It is in this context that the company commits to the use of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence in signal processing, to integrate the automatic detection and classification capabilities into its maritime safety and security systems. The second generation of SAES naval mines, MINEA-2, is designed as a complete system that provides combat, training and maintenance capabilities in its whole lifecycle.

SAES MIRS system at NAVDEX

SAES is showing its multi-influence signature measurement system (MIRS) at Navantia booth in NAVDEX (Naval Defence & Maritime Security Exhibition).

The MIRS system is a portable signature measurement station that receives the full signature (acoustic, magnetic and electrical) of any surface ship or submarine. It can be also used as a discreet device to gather intelligence information of the underwater signature or as a tool to verify the levels of the ship signature before an ASW mission.

SOCIEDAD ANÓNIMA DE ELECTRÓNICA SUBMARINA, S.M.E. has taken part in the International Defence Exhibition IDEX 2023 held in the United Arab Emirates, with the support of ICEX and the joint financing from the UE (European Regional Development Fund). Their contribution helped the economic growth of this company, its region and the whole of Spain.

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SAES takes part in the ePark+ project lead by Navantia on offshore wind farms

The ePark+ project aims to digitise the maintenance and protection of offshore wind farms by using unmanned vehicles (UAV). The major contribution from SAES to this project led by Navantia is on underwater sound propagation and the surveillance of underwater infrastructures. The project has been awarded seven million euros from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), an organisation belonging to Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation.

SAES is part of the consortium that is developing the ePark+ project, which has been selected in the 2022 Science and Innovation call for the CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology), an organisation belonging to Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Apart from SAES, the consortium consists of the following companies: Navantia as the leader of the project; Abance Ingeniería y Servicios, Arisnova, Eolos Floating Lidar Solutions and Perseo Techworks. The Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), AICIA (technology centre linked to Seville University) and FIDESOL.

This is a collaborative project that will contribute to the technological development of offshore wind. It started in December 2022 and is expected to continue until January 2025.

The ePark+ project has been awarded seven million euros by the CDTI to focus on the research and development of digital technologies for the operation support and maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind farms. The project is divided in two phases: obtaining a technological demonstrator of a smart system using unmanned vehicles specifically for this function previously mentioned; and developing a prototype to show its workings in a relevant and controlled environment.

The system consists of an unmanned surface vehicles (USV) that will act as a mother ship from which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) will be operated. This system will also have a remote control centre to centralise all of the information from the unmanned vehicle sensors.

SAES contribution to the ePark+ project concentrates on underwater sound propagation and the surveillance of underwater infrastructures by using sensors that are installed in those unmanned vehicles.

SAES participation in this project shows how dual-use technologies offer new exploitation and market opportunities, using technology developed in the defence sector and then successfully applied to the civilian sector. SAES is a lead expert on unmanned vehicles sensoring to adapt them to different uses by using artificial intelligence.

SAES takes part in the ePark+ project lead by Navantia on offshore wind farms

SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft

The Ministry of Defence decided back in 2001 to provide the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircrafts with Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities, as well as to develop a Tactical Mission System integrating all the aircraft sensors, and a Mission Support Centre to give intelligence support to ASW missions. SAES was one of the Spanish companies chosen for the modernisation of the P-3 Orion aircraft fleet, for its SPAS system (Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System) and its ARAS system (Fast Time Analyser System).

After almost 50 years in service for the Spanish Air Force, on 16th December 2022 a farewell event for the last P-3 Orion aircraft took place at Morón de la Frontera Air Base (Seville). The event was chaired by the Chief of Staff of the Spanish Air and Space Force, general Javier Salto Martínez-Avial, who mentioned that the following months will be a transition until the Spanish Government replace the retired aircraft.

The P-3 Orion aircraft was part of the 11th Wing from Spanish Air Force, one of the key assets in air patrol missions such as the ‘Atalanta Operation’ (a counter-piracy military operation at sea off the Horn of Africa) and anti-submarine warfare.

SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft

The end of the P-3 Orion operating lifetime by 2022 means the Spanish Air Force temporarily loses its capability on maritime patrol aircrafts (MPAs). During 2023 the Ministry of Defence is due to buy four C-295 MPA, and SAES will take part with its SPAS-32 system.

SAES participation in the P-3 Orion aircrafts.

In 2001 the Spanish Ministry of Defence wanted to boost the modernisation of the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircrafts, operated by Group 22 (11th Wing) from Spanish Air Force.

The project included a strong participation of the Spanish industry. Companies such as AIRBUS (then called EADS CASA), Indra, Tecnobit, ITP Aero or SAES assumed responsibility for providing aircrafts with the most advanced ASW capabilities in the market. The aim was to develop a Tactical Mission System integrating all of the plane sensors, allowing full tactical and operational cooperation, which was finally called FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System).

SAES took part in the P-3 Orion aircraft with its Sonobuoys Acoustic Processor System (SPAS) in its SPAS-16 version. This system has been able to concurrently process 16 passive and active sonobuoys and record up to 32 sonobuoys.

SPAS is a system fully integrated with the Tactical Mission System, which allows the acoustic operator detecting, locating, classifying and tracking submarines and surface ships by the passive and active acoustic data gathered by the deployed sonobuoys.

Another key objective for the modernisation of the fleet was to provide them with a Mission Support Centre to give intelligence support to ASW missions. To that end, the Ministry of Defence signed a contract with SAES to implement its Fast Time Analyser System (ARAS). It is a portable system that can be deployed whenever the Air Forces need to conduct ASW missions.

The SPAS system had its operational christening during the NATO Operation Noble Manta 2006, and the ARAS system was launched during the NATO Operation Noble Manta 2008.

SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft
SAES bid farewell to the last P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft