Sagem’s Matis thermal imager chosen for MBDA’s SIMBAD RC air defense launchers

Euronaval 2014, Paris, Le Bourget, October 29, 2014 - Sagem (Safran) has signed a contract with MBDA to supply several dozen Matis SP thermal imagers for Simbad RC (Remote Control) surface-to-air launcher stations to be delivered to an unidentified navy.

The Simbad RC, equipped with two Mistral infrared-guided surface-to-air missiles, is MBDA's new naval turret for short-range air defense. It is remotely controlled from the ship's operations center.

The Matis SP thermal imagers selected by MBDA will give its new air defense system long-range infrared detection and observation capabilities.

The Matis SP thermal imager is based on a matrix detector operating in the 3-5 µm band, particularly well suited to maritime weather conditions. It features a compact design, latest-generation image processing algorithms and both a narrow and wide field of view. The Matis SM was designed to stand up to the most demanding marine environments with excellent reliability.

Sagem makes this imager in its Poitiers plant in central France. Delivery of Matis SP imagers will start in the first quarter of 2015.

This contract falls within the scope of Sagem's long-standing partnership with MBDA on weapon systems. Sagem enhances the value of its partner's products by adding critical technologies in optronics, platform stabilization and high-precision inertial navigation. Sagem also makes the infrared seekers for MBDA's missiles, including the Mica IR, MMP, Mistral and the future Franco-British helicopter-borne antiship missile, FASGW/ANL.

Covering all steps from detector design to integration in combat platforms, Sagem has produced more than 6,000 Matis thermal imagers to date. The optronic systems and equipment designed, developed and produced by Sagem spans all operational requirements, including flight control, sighting, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Sagem, a high-tech company of Safran, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.

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