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Soldier modernization programs: Sagem consolidates its European leadership

Category: Exhibitions

Soldier Technology

DSEi Exhibition, London -- Sagem (Safran group) has just completed two key phases in its soldier modernization programs in Great Britain and France, with a major contract announced today for FIST via its Swiss subsidiary Vectronix AG and the successful completion of technical/operational evaluations for the FELIN system.

FIST – Future Integrated Soldier Technology (United Kingdom). Vectronix AG has been selected by Thales UK to supply the UK’s Ministry of Defense with 2 700 Moskito multifunction rangefinders and 2 300 Rapid Acquisition Aiming Modules (RAAMs) (1), plus related logistical support. The contracts combined total 60 million euros (2). FELIN – Fantassin à Equipements et Liaisons Intégrés (Integrated Dismounted Soldier System) (France). The FELIN system successfully completed its technical/operational evaluation campaign in July. Three French army regiments tested it for six months in all types of combat and environments (urban and airborne combat, mountains, tropical forest and deserts). This success means equipment already ordered for six regiments (6 134 systems) can now be mass produced, with the goal of supplying France with the planned 22 588 systems by 2014.

In Switzerland, Sagem is in charge of all optronic equipment for IMESS (Integriertes Modulares Einsatzsystem Schweizer Soldat, or Integrated Modular Soldier System) awarded this year-end 2007 by armasuisse to EADS Defense & Security, with Sagem as the main partner.

(1) RAAM jointly developed by Vectronix AG and Wilcox Industries Corp. (USA)

(2) 92 million Swiss francs


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:


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