Sagem signs life-cycle support contract for STRIX sights on French army Tiger helicopters

Sagem signed a contract on January 12 with SIMMAD to provide life-cycle support for the STRIX turret-mounted, gyrostabilized observation and sighting systems on Tiger HAP combat and fire support helicopters deployed by the French army's air arm (ALAT).

17th Jan 2012


Sagem signs life-cycle support contract for STRIX sights on French
army Tiger helicopters

Sagem signed a contract on January 12 with SIMMAD to provide life-cycle support
for the STRIX turret-mounted, gyrostabilized observation and sighting systems on
Tiger HAP combat and fire support helicopters deployed by the French army's air
arm (ALAT).

The five-year contract covers 50 STRIX systems and associated logistics. It includes
support by the hour for curative maintenance and a flat rate for preventive servicing
of certain line replaceable units. Covering both France and overseas theaters of
operation, the contract also provides for Sagem to set up a dedicated hot line in
conjunction with ALAT units operating Tiger helicopters.

Contract services will be provided by Sagem's Dijon and Poitiers plants for optronics
modules, and by the Montluçon plant for the gyroscopic stabilization devices.

The STRIX optronic turret, mounted over the cockpit, is a major part of the
Eurocopter Tiger's weapon system. On the HAP version of the Tiger, the STRIX
system provides full day/night support for all missions: observation, reconnaissance
and target identification, along with the operation of its weapon systems, the 30 mm
cannon, rockets and Mistral air-to-air missiles.

During combat operations in the summer of 2011 (Opération Harmattan, French
contribution to Nato operation Unified Protector), the STRIX sight demonstrated its
efficiency on deployments the French navy's Tonnerre and Mistral BPC class
amphibious assault, command and power projection ships, in mobile air support
operations that proved decisive in the conflict. These systems have been deployed
in Afghanistan since 2009, within the scope of the PAMIR operation.
 

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