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Sagem's Euroflir 350 chosen for French special forces Caracal helicopters

16th June 2009 - 11:05 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The new Euroflir 350 optronic observation system made by Sagem (SAFRAN group) has been selected by Eurocopter for the EC725 Caracal helicopters deployed by French armed forces.

The Euroflir 350 system for the Caracal is designed for the most demanding missions. It is coupled with the Sigma navigation system, also supplied by Sagem. The Euroflir 350 comprises: latest-generation Matis high-resolution infrared imager, high-definition colour nighttime channel, eye-safe laser rangefinder and laser pointer, along with target tracking, automatic search and geo-location functions.

The Euroflir 350 will expand the EC725 Caracal’s day/night operational capabilities to carry out various missions, including transport, medical evacuation, combat search and rescue, intelligence, ground target designation and positioning.

Developed and produced by Sagem, the Euroflir 350 and 410 are high-performance, gyrostabilised optronic observation systems for airborne applications (helicopters, drones, maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft, etc). The Euroflir 350 was already selected as part of the modernisation package for the French Army’s AS532 Cougar helicopters. The French Navy’s NH90 NFH and Eurocopter AS365 Panther Mk II helicopters will be fitted with the Euroflir 410 version.

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