Selex ES, MBDA, Sagem Sign Infrared Seeker Deal at IDEX

05.03.2015 Europe
Selex ES, MBDA, Sagem Sign Infrared Seeker Deal at IDEX

Selex ES, MBDA, Sagem Sign Infrared Seeker Deal at IDEX

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During the IDEX 2015 Exhibition which took place in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) last week (22-26 February), Finmeccanica – Selex ES announced the signing of a contract with MBDA France and SAGEM which will see the company participate in the development and production of a new infrared seeker for FASGW(H)/ANL, the next generation helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. FASGW(H)/ANL is being developed jointly by the UK and French governments for a range of future helicopter platforms.

 FASGW(H) /ANL is designed to provide precise effects against a range of threats in complex naval environments, so a highly-precise seeker is integral to the success of the missile. The system will also be integrated with a two-way data link so that the operator can monitor and alter if necessary the targeting of the missile while in-flight.

Work on the seeker is already underway – development started in late 2013 under pre-contract funding from MBDA and the first electronics hardware and a preliminary mathematical model have been delivered by Finmeccanica – Selex ES to SAGEM. The development phase will be followed immediately by a multi-year manufacturing phase.

Finmeccanica – Selex ES produces a range of high performance electro-optical seekers – currently in active service with a number of international missile systems – suitable for different types of guided weapon. These include infrared imaging (both cooled and uncooled), semi-active laser, dual and multimode seekers.

Furthermore, Finmeccanica - Selex ES has been awarded two important new contracts for the company’s Grifo radar system. In each case, the Grifo radar system was selected for its proven high performance and flexible architecture. The radar can be installed in a large range of combat aircraft and integrates easily with modern avionics suites.

The Grifo family of airborne fire control radars are multimode and operate in the X-band. They offer a broad suite of field proven air-to-air, air-to-surface and navigation modes, high resolution SAR and ISAR.

Grifo represents an important commercial success for Finmeccanica - Selex ES at the international level. Over 450 of the radar systems have been sold so far and the radar equips six international Air Forces. The radars, manufactured at the company’s Nerviano (Milan) site in Italy, are in service with seven types of aircraft and have accumulated over 150,000 hours of operational flight time.



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