Modernization and weapons systems

To effectively accomplish their missions, armed forces need modern, reliable, high-performance helicopters. Safran Electronics & Defense modernizes older platforms through modular updating of navigation, observation and weapons systems.

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Modernization of helicopter avionics and weapons systems


Through its expertise in equipment, integration and services, Safran Electronics & Defense is able to offer a full service package for modernizing your helicopters. Safran is able to bring older platforms up to the current standards for avionics and observation systems. It can also incorporate the latest weapons systems. This service also includes MMI (Man-Machine Interface) integration. MMI suits all mission types: tactical transportation, attack, combat (CSAR) and conventional search & rescue (SAR), homeland security, special operations, etc.

Safran equips many helicopter types, both new & retrofitted: AS 532 Cougar, AS 565 Panther, SA 342 Gazelle, EC 725 Caracal, NH90, EC 120, EC 145 / UH-72 Lakota, EC 665 Tiger, AH-2 Rooivalk, Mi-24, Mi-17, etc. 


Safran Electronics & Defense offers a wide range of systems and equipment, for all types of aircraft:

  • Helipsys mission planning system
  • mission systems
  • avionic systems
  • navigation equipment
  • multifunction console screens (night vision compatible)
  • radio
  • self-protection
  • airborne weapons systems
  • weapon interfaces
  • optronic observation systems and day/night target designation systems
  • NATO data exchange system (compliance with NATO standards)
  • etc.

Safran Electronics & Defense provides a full service offering that delivers tailored support:

  • modification design
  • system architecture
  • project management
  • tests
  • installation support
  • bench integration and validation
  • ground integration/flight validation
  • logistical support
    •  training
    • documentation
    • technical assistance and through-life support services.
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