Military

India orders over one hundred SIGMA 95 navigation systems from Sagem Défense Sécurité

New Deli, DEFEXPO, February 19, 2008 -- The aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) of India has just ordered from Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) more than 100 SIGMA 95N navigation systems. These systems will be used on the Indian Air Force Sukhoi fighters and the Tejas fighters from the Indian LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) program.

They will round out the SIGMA 95N systems already in use on the Sukhoi 30s, MiG-27, MiG-27s, Jaguars and Indian Hawks.

Developed and produced by Sagem Défense Sécurité, SIGMA 95N is a standalone inertial laser gyro navigation system with integrated GPS/Glonass*. It brings high-precision navigation and a high degree of operating flexibility to combat aircraft.

Since the beginning of the 1980s Sagem Défense Sécurité has been a preferred supplier of inertial navigation systems to combat aircraft, battleships, and artillery. Today, systems and equipment by Sagem Défense Sécurité are used on more than 300 combat aircraft in service with the Indian armed forces.

This order is a step further in the discussions between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and Sagem Défense Sécurité following the agreement signed in June 2007, which sets the stage for a long-term partnership. It opens the way for a joint venture in India for production and maintenance of inertial navigation systems and automatic flight control systems. This project is subject to final approval of both government authorities.

* GPS (Global Positioning System) and Glonass (GLObal'naya NAvigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema) : American and Russian satellite positioning systems.

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Consisting of two divisions, Sagem Avionics and Sagem Optronics and Defense, Sagem Défense Sécurité is a high-technology company in SAFRAN Group. It is among the worldwide leaders in its respective businesses.

Sagem Avionics Division is present in two main areas: inertial navigation, where it is the leading European company and the third largest worldwide, and aeronautic systems, where it is the worldwide leader in helicopter flight control.

Sagem Optronics and Defense Division designs and develops thermal vision equipment and air-land systems. It is the European leader in surveillance and fire control optronics.

Through SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.

For further information: www.sagem-ds.com



Contact:
Sagem Défense Sécurité
Philippe Wodka-Gallien
Press manager
Tel.: +33 (0)1 58 11 19 49
email : philippe.wodka-gallien@sagem.com



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