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Sagem Défense Sécurité wins surface detection system contract for Barracuda class submarines

Paris – September 6, 2007 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) has won a contract from DCNS as prime contractor for the surface detection system (DAS) on France’s future Barracuda class nuclear attack submarines*, for which DCNS is the prime contractor.

Won in competitive bidding, this contract includes a firm order for the first submarine in the series, and conditional orders for following vessels. Sagem Défense Sécurité will deliver the first system to naval shipyard DCNS in 2010.

The surface detection system for Barracuda class submarines comprises a radar mast and two optronic masts, which integrate a passive electromagnetic detection sensor. The optronic sensors of the system will provide day/night surveillance, detection, tracking and sighting functions.

DAS is a sophisticated, very highly automated new-generation system, designed to meet naval operational requirements at sea and along coasts.

Sagem Défense Sécurité has built up more than 30 years of experience as a supplier of masts and periscopes for both conventional and nuclear submarines, in France and in international markets. It offers a wide range of systems and equipment for warships, covering navigation, warning, surveillance, reconnaissance, engagement and self-protection requirements.

* The Barracuda program, initiated in December 2006 when the French Ministry of Defense awarded DCNS the contract, is designed to replace the French navy’s current Rubis/Amethyste class nuclear attack submarines.


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.

For further information:

Sagem Défense Sécurité
Philippe Wodka-Gallien
Press manager
Tel.: +33 (0)1 58 11 19 49
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