Sagem to Supply Seeker and Firing-Posts Optronics for MBDA’s New MMP Medium-Range Missile
(Source: Sagem; issued June 17, 2014)
EUROSATORY 2014 --- Sagem (Safran) announced today two contracts with its partner MBDA for the new MMP medium-range missile, which will replace the French army’s Milan anti-tank missiles

These contracts concern the development and production of a twin-mode seeker for the missile and the optronic (electro-optical) control unit for the firing-posts. The first tranche of the contract provides for the production of more than 1,500 seekers and 225 optronic control units, to be delivered starting in 2016.

The MMP seeker, developed by the team of Sagem and MBDA, provides target acquisition and tracking via an uncooled infrared channel or a visible wavelength channel. It incorporates an inertial reference unit (IRU) designed and built by Sagem, which provides information to both the seeker and the missile itself for navigation and flight control.

The optronic control unit is fitted with a high-definition twin-field infrared sensor offering advanced image processing, a daytime video channel, GPS receiver, magnetic compass and, on option, a laser rangefinder. This advanced sighting system gives the gunner images from both the cameras in the firing-post and the missile’s seeker.

The MMP reflects Sagem’s dual expertise in optronics and guidance, allowing it to be used day or night, and at short notice. Designed to meet the evolving requirements of today’s armed forces, these optronic and guidance units enhance the MMP’s flexibility for a wide range of operating modes: fire and forget, re-assignment of the missile in flight, using the "man in the loop" mode, seeker lock-on after launch, etc.

Both the optronic units and the seekers will be produced by Sagem’s Poitiers plant, while Montluçon will make the inertial components.

These two contracts consolidate Sagem’s long-standing relationship with MBDA for missiles and other weapon systems. Sagem enhances the value of its partner’s offering by providing mission-critical equipment such as sights, thermal imagers, platform stabilization and high-precision inertial navigation. Sagem develops and produces the infrared seekers for MBDA missiles including the Magic, Mica IR and Mistral.

At the Eurosatory international defense show (June 16 – 20, 2014), Sagem is at Stand F80 in Hall 6.

(1) The MMP (Missile moyenne portée) medium-range missile program is covered by a development and production contract awarded to MBDA by the French defense procurement agency DGA on December 3, 2013. According to the 2014-2019 military planning law, MBDA will deliver 175 firing-posts and 450 missiles. The program provides for a total of 400 firing-posts and 2,850 missiles. Source: French Ministry of Defense.

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Sagem Wins New Order for SIGMA 20 Navigators on MBDA Surface-To-Air Weapon Systems
(Source: Sagem; issued June 17, 2014)
EUROSATORY --- Sagem (Safran), the European leader in onboard navigation systems, announced today a new contract with partner MBDA to supply Sigma 20 navigation systems for MPCV (1) armored vehicles intended for the export market.

The SIGMA 20 is a high-precision navigation and pointing system, calling on a breakthrough inertial technology, the hemispherical resonator gyro (HRG). This patented Sagem technology underpins navigation solutions combining outstanding cost-competitiveness and reliability.

Easy to integrate in combat platforms, Sagem's Sigma navigation systems are unaffected by jamming, and enable a weapon system to be used in the absence of GPS signals, including in the harshest operating environments.

The new SIGMA 20 navigation system, under production at Sagem's Montluçon plant since 2013, rounds out the company's offering of navigation and pointing systems for surface-to-air artillery systems.

Based on laser gyro or HRG sensors, Sigma navigation systems are used in more than 40 different weapon systems deployed worldwide.

Sagem has developed proven expertise in all inertial technologies (mechanical, laser, fiber-optic, vibrating), covering the full spectrum of land applications. The only company in the world to offer a complete range of civil and military navigation systems, Sagem draws on more than 60 years of experience and expertise.

At Eurosatory 2014, the SIGMA 20 system is integrated on the MPCV vehicle launcher stations, on display at MBDA's stand and at Sagem's stand (Hall 2 - F80).


(1) The MPCV, or Multipurpose Combat Vehicle, built by MBDA as prime contractor, is a combat system fitted with guns or missiles. The short-range surface-to-air version is fitted with Mistral missiles, while the land combat version will be equipped with MMP medium-range missiles.


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.

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