Oberkochen/Germany, 15 March 2013
Cassidian Optronics improves 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.