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The French Defense Procurement Agency has chosen Sagem Défense Sécurité to equip French Army with multifunction infrared binoculars

Paris – January 23th, 2006 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité has been awarded a contract by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) to equip the French army with multifunction thermal binoculars, integrating a laser rangefinder and compass.

The contract calls for the production of 850 JIM LR (long-range) binoculars, as well as a substantial amount of related equipment, such as remote-control stations with real-time video broadcasting, control monitors, additional optics to increase the field of view, tripods and battery chargers.

The JIM LR binoculars, which are designed around groundbreaking technologies, integrate a third generation infrared channel (3-5µm), an eye-safe laser rangefinder, a magnetic compass, a laser pointer, a color video channel and a GPS.

Moreover, JIM LR perfect fits Sagem Défense Sécurité’s FELIN system, currently developed for the French Army.

When controlled by a station, the JIM LR can carry out remote surveillance missions at a distance and record video – both features being vital functions for special and security forces.

JIM LR, which is based on 3-5 micron infrared focal-plane-array technology, is a complete high-performance system for acquiring, localizing and designating targets. Its small size is a crucial operational advantage for the French armed forces.

“This new contract, which is in addition to the 3 000 JIM MR (Medium Range) binoculars ordered for FELIN, bolsters our position as leader in the field of new-generation multifunction binoculars”, says Jean-François Coutris, Executive VP and Optronics and AirLand Systems Division Director at Sagem Défense Sécurité.

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About Sagem Défense Sécurité
Sagem Défense Securité is a high-technology company in the SAFRAN Group. As a leading European defense and security electronics company in Europe, its business covers three main fields. Navigation and aeronautics systems, where it is the world leader in helicopter flight control. Optronics and air-land systems, where it is the European leader in surveillance and fire-control optronics. And the field of security, where it is the world leader in fingerprint-based biometrics.
Its equipment and integrated systems are used worldwide, helping to ensure air transport safety, secure data transmission, personal security and governmental defense capabilities at the highest level. Through the SAFRAN Group, Sagem Défense Sécurité is present on all continents.
For further information, please visit www.sagem-ds.com


Press contact:
Sagem Défense Sécurité
Jean-Charles Pignot
Director, Communication
Tel.:+33 (0)1 40 70 63 54
email : jean-charles.pignot@sagem.com



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