Sagem (Safran group) today signed a contract with MBDA to supply nearly 200 infrared seekers for Mica air-to-air missiles.
Developed and produced by Sagem, the Mica IR seeker is a key to the missile’s operational effectiveness. Furthermore, the seeker also functions as a sensor providing tactical information to the flight crew, because of its high sensitivity, powerful imaging algorithms, bispectral imagery, automatic acquisition of all targets, ability to lock-on before or after firing, discrimination between targets and countermeasures.
Sagem produces Mica IR seekers in its Poitiers plant in France. The infrared system uses an array developed and produced by Sofradir, a jointly-owned company of Sagem and Thales.
Sagem has already produced more than 1,000 Mica IR seekers to date for the Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters deployed by the French air force and navy, and for foreign air forces, including Morocco’s modernized Mirage F1s. This latest contract consolidates the longstanding partnership between missile manufacturer MBDA and Sagem for infrared guided missiles. Sagem has already produced more than 30,000 seekers for the company’s Magic, Mistral and VL Mica (Vertical Launch) missiles.
Over the years Sagem has developed unrivaled expertise in all key enabling technologies for seekers: infrared detection units, semi-active laser channels, image processing, decoy discrimination, real-time processing, cooling systems, infrared optics, IR domes, line-of-sight stabilization and inertial reference units.
Source: Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Jun 12, 2012