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MBDA orders from Sagem Défense Sécurité new infrared thermal imager for Eryx land warfare weapon system

Eurosatory Exhibition, Villepinte, June 17, 2008 -- MBDA has just ordered from Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) close to 300 new-generation thermal imagers to equip the firing posts of its Eryx anti-tank missiles.

Building on developments made in the FELIN* program, the thermal imager uses new uncooled infrared technology. It offers users of the weapon system numerous technical/operational advantages: compactness, low weight, noiselessness, ease of use and enhanced autonomy.

This contract makes Sagem Défense Sécurité the supplier of reference for uncooled infrared imagers for the Eryx land weapon system.

The imager provides new operational advantages for night combat; namely its range matches the missile’s maximum range. It is available for new equipment or for upgrading existing weapons systems.

At Eurosatory 2008, the new imager is displayed on the MBDA stand integrated on an Eryx system.

To date, the armed forces of eight countries use or have ordered more than 3 500 Eryx firing posts.

This order reinforces the cooperation between the two companies in the field of missiles and tactical weapons, a partnership reinforced by a recent agreement on AASM (Modular air-to ground weapon).

* French program for an integrated system for the dismounted soldier


Sagem Défense Sécurité
Sagem Défense Sécurité is a high-tech company in the SAFRAN Group. It is a world or European leader in solutions and services in optronics, avionics and critical software for the civilian and military markets. Sagem Défense Sécurité is the European No. 1 and worldwide No.3 in INSs for aeronautic, naval and land applications. It is also the worldwide No.1 in helicopter flight controls and the European No.1 in optronic and tactical UAV systems. Present across the globe via the SAFRAN Group’s international network, Sagem Défense Sécurité and its subsidiaries employ 6000 people in Europe and the US. For more information: www.sagem-ds.com

With annual sales of more than €3 billion, an order book exceeding €13 billion and over 70 customers around the world, MBDA is one of the leading missile system companies in the world. MBDA currently has 45 operational programs for missile systems and countermeasures and has proven its leadership in the management of large multinational defense projects.
MBDA is jointly held by BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).


Sagem Défense Sécurité
Philippe Wodka-Gallien
Relations presse
Tel.: +33 (0)1 58 11 19 49
E-Mail : philippe.wodka-gallien@sagem.com

Marie-Astrid Steff
Relations Presse
Tel : + 33 (0) 71 71 54 27 27
E-Mail :marie-astrid.steff@mbda.com

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