OCCAR awards Strix sights supply contract to support Tiger helicopter programme


The Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has awarded a contract to Safran Electronics & Defense in support of the Tiger helicopter programme.

Under the contract, Safran will deliver 18 more Strix optronic sights for Tiger helicopters.

The new batch of Strix sights are being delivered as part of France's revised 2014–19 defence spending plan, which calls for a homogenous fleet of 67 Tiger HAD multi-role attack helicopters, Safran stated.

Airbus Helicopters-built Tiger HAD helicopter has been designed to perform armed reconnaissance, air or ground escort, air-to-air combat, ground firing support and anti-tank warfare in adverse conditions.

Part of the Tiger HAD weapon system, Strix is said to play a crucial role in reconnaissance, escort, protection, fire support and attack missions.

The sight is a gyrostabilised optronic system equipped with a thermal imager, a daylight camera and a laser designator.

This system can support all weapons on the Tiger HAD, including Hellfire laser-guided missiles, high-accuracy rockets, and Spike missiles.

"Strix is said to play a crucial role in reconnaissance, escort, protection, fire support and attack missions."

Several Safran entities will carry out the production of the new tranche of Strix sights through 2020 and beyond.

As part of a multiyear contract awarded by OCCAR in late 2016, Safran will provide through-life support for all sights on the Tiger helicopters deployed by Germany, Spain and France.

Since 2009, the French Army's ALAT light aviation unit has been using Strix sights for Tiger helicopters being deployed from land bases.

The sight has also been used by the French Navy's BPC-type force projection and command vessels.


Image: Tiger HAD multi-role attack helicopter in flight. Photo: courtesy of besopha.