Sagem's Euroflir 350 optronic observation system chosen for Caracal helicopters deployed by French special forces

Le Bourget, June 16, 2009.

The new Euroflir 350 optronic observation system made by Sagem (SAFRAN group) has been selected by Eurocopter for the EC725 Caracal helicopters deployed by French armed forces.

The Euroflir 350 system for the Caracal is designed for the most demanding missions. It is coupled with the Sigma navigation system, also supplied by Sagem. The Euroflir 350 comprises: latest-generation Matis high-resolution infrared imager, high-definition color nighttime channel, eye-safe laser rangefinder and laser pointer, along with tracking, automatic search and geo-location functions.

The Euroflir 350 will expand the EC725 Caracal's day/night operational capabilities to carry out various missions, including transport, medical evacuation, combat search & rescue, intelligence, ground target designation and positioning.

Developed and produced by Sagem, the Euroflir 350 and 410 are high-performance, gyrostabilized optronic observation systems for airborne applications (helicopters, drones, maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft, etc.). The Euroflir 350 was already selected as part of the modernization package for the French army's AS532 Cougar helicopters. The French navy's NH90 NFH and Eurocopter AS365 Panther Mk.II helicopters will be fitted with the Euroflir 410 version.

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Sagem is a high-tech company in the SAFRAN Group. It is a world or European leader in solutions and services in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for the civilian and military markets. Sagem 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 and its subsidiaries employ 6000 people in Europe, South East Asia and North America. For more information: www.sagem-ds.com

Sagem is now the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.

Press contact :
Philippe Wodka-Gallien | Relations presse | Tél.: +33 (0)1 58 11 19 49 | E-Mail : philippe.wodka-gallien@sagem.com