SAGEM has received a contract to modernise the French Army’s AS532 Cougar multi-purpose helicopters’ Euroflir 350 optronic systems.
Awarded by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), the contract covers the upgrade of 55 Euroflir systems, including those present on the EC725 Caracal fleet deployed by France’s Special and Conventional Forces.
Under the contract, the company will incorporate a new Matis infrared imager with continuous zoom function, an eye-safe laser rangefinder, and a laser pointer, as well as a full high-definition colour video camera with continuous zoom.
The Euroflir 350 gyrostabilised electro-optic systems are designed to equip helicopters, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and balloons, covering all surveillance, intelligence gathering, rescue, and peacekeeping interventions.
Developed for observation and intelligence missions under optimum conditions, the system combines with the aircraft’s own inertial navigation system to enable the crew to identify and precisely locate ground targets.
The system is claimed to be capable of helping EC725 Caracal perform various missions, including transport, medical evacuation, combat search and rescue, intelligence, ground target designation, and positioning.
Euroflir and Strix have been successfully deployed by the French Armed Forces on a range of helicopters, including Airbus-built Cougar, Caracal, Tiger and Panther MkII, as well as the NH90 Caiman in recent military operations.
According to the company, the helicopters have been deployed day and night, even under the adverse conditions.
Work under the contract is scheduled to be performed by four Sagem plants in Massy, Poitiers, Fougères, and Dijon, France.
Image: The Euroflir 350 optronic system will feature a new Matis infrared imager with continuous zoom function. Photo: copyright Sagem.