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Sagem signs support contract for STRIX sights on Australian Tiger helicopters

18th June 2009 - 10:50 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Australian Aerospace and Sagem have signed a contract for support services for the STRIX sights deployed on the Australian Army’s 22 EC665 Tiger combat helicopters.

Australian Aerospace, a subsidiary of Eurocopter, assembles and services the Australian Defence Force’s ARH Tigers.

Dr Jens Goennemann, CEO of Australian Aerospace, and Jean-François Coutris, executive VP of Sagem, in charge of the Optronics & Defense division, signed the agreement at the Paris Air Show. This six-year renewable contract provides for a complete slate of customer support services, including maintenance, repair and spare parts.

Commenting on today’s signing, Dr Goennemann proudly spoke of Australian Aerospace’s commitment to strengthening Australian industry: 'As well as our company’s own industrial footprint, the Australian Aerospace Sagem agreement provides for a significant level of australian industry involvement, with Sagem Australasia located in Sydney Australia, performing engineering, repair and maintenance support activities.'

Developed and produced by Sagem, the STRIX observation and sighting system supports all weapons on the Tiger combat helicopter: guns, rockets, air-to-air missiles with infrared guidance and laser-guided missiles. It features a daytime channel, an infrared channel and a laser designator-rangefinder. The STRIX sight is used on all versions of the Tiger, either in service or on order, for Australia, Spain and France.

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