JED - October 2010 - (Page 54)
COMMANDER BENOIT SA LMON Electronic Wa r fare A r mament Progra m Manager Marine Nationale
By Tom Withington
The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2010
he Marine Nationale (French Navy) is currently undergoing an extensive modernization, with the introduction of several new classes of ships and submarines. The fleet has recently received new frigates in the form of two Horizon class air-defence ships, the Forbin and Chevalier Paul, which were commissioned in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The navy will also receive nine FREMM (Frégate Multi-Mission) multirole frigates, the first of which, the Aquitiatine, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012. Other new surface combatants to join the French Navy in the next few years include the third Mistral class amphibious support vessel, named Dixmude, which is expected to also be commissioned in 2012, while discussions are continuing at the governmental level as to whether France will collaborate with the United Kingdom in the design and
Commander Benoit Salmon entered the French Naval Academy in 1988 and subsequently began his career in the Operations branch. From 1997 until 1999 he was embarked onboard the anti-submarine frigate Jean de Vienne, during which time he participated in the test of this ship’s self-defense equipment. Between 2004 and 2006, he was the electronic warfare planning officer for NATO’s Joint Electronic Warfare Core Staff (JEWCS). He served as planning officer of the JEWCS from 2004 through 2006. In 2006, he studied at the Interarmées College of Defense (French staff college), before taking up his current assignment as the Marine Nationale’s Electronic Warfare Armament Program Manager.
production of a second aircraft carrier to join the Charles De Gaulle. Beneath the waves, the navy recently received the last of its Triomphant-Class ballistic missile submarines that carry the country’s nuclear deterrent, and will obtain up to six Barracuda-Class nuclear-powered attack submarines the first of which, Suffren, is expected to be commissioned in 2017. Similarly, deliveries of new naval aircraft are continuing. The Aeronavale (French Naval Aviation) is acquiring the Dassault Rafale multi-role combat aircraft for service on the navy’s sole aircraft carrier, Charles De Gaulle, with 28 jets delivered to date to replace the force’s 41 Dassault Super Etendard fighter-bombers. Meanwhile, in terms of rotary aviation, the navy will get up to 27 NH Industries NFH-90 helicopters and possibly a fourth Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye early-warning aircraft. As regards operational commitments, French naval shipping continues to support national and international deployments around the world, assisting in counter-terrorism and counterpiracy activities in the Indian Ocean, and also providing humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake earlier this year. Commander Benoit Salmon is the Marine Nationale’s Electronic Warfare (EW) Armament Program Manager, and he took some time prior to the forthcoming Euronaval exhibition hosted in Paris between 25-29 October to give the Journal of Electronic Defense an insight into the force’s current EW posture. He explains how this supports France’s naval doctrines and operations, the navy’s EW training and modernization, and the force’s EW plans for the future:
What is the French Navy’s current EW doctrine?
EW in the French Navy relies on three basic doctrines that are similar to those practiced in the French Air Force and the continued on page 56
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2010
JED - October 2010
The View From Here
From the Presidents
What’s Next in IED Jammers?
Electronic Warfare in Today’s Surface Navy
ELINT Receivers Tackle Dense Signal Environments
A Structural View of EM Spectrum Warfare
AOC 2010 Award Winners
JED Sales Offices
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - October 2010