SAPHIR-M decoy systems for Spanish Tiger Attack Helicopter Self Protection

MBDA has received a contract notification for the supply of SAPHIR-M decoy systems to provide self defence on the 24 Tiger HAD attack helicopters ordered by Spain from Eurocopter in December 2005.
The contract has been awarded to MBDA by Indra Sistemas, the prime contractor responsible for integrating the Self Protection Suite onto the Spanish Tiger.
MBDA's SAPHIR-M self protection decoy system provides protection againstthe full threat spectrum, particularly against the infrared andelectromagnetic threat. The system can operate in either automatic orsemiautomatic mode in conjunction with Indra Sistemas ALR-400 and EADSMILDS AN-AAR 60 missile detectors.

SAPHIR-M has also been selected for the German, Australian andFrench Tiger fleets as well as for the European and export NH90helicopters.
The European leader in aircraft self defence, MBDA has alreadyequipped around 1,000 air platforms to date with its decoy systems.

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