Sagem's new multi-purpose data recorder computer selected for next-generation ATR series 600 regional aircraft

Paris, March 12, 2009

Sagem (SAFRAN Group) was selected by the ATR consortium in an international competition to develop and produce the MPC 600 (Multi-Purpose Computer). This new onboard computer, used to record flight and maintenance data, is intended for the consortium's upcoming generation of regional turboprops, the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600.

Incorporated in the aircraft's new avionics suite, the MPC 600 replaces several different assemblies, and handles data collection and processing for both maintenance and regulatory purposes. The MPC 600 features a centralized maintenance function, clearly indicating recommended procedures for the entire aircraft, for use directly by ground crews.

The first production-standard MPC 600 was delivered to the aircraft manufacturer in February 2009, in preparation for the first flight of a series 600 ATR.

Compatible with the analysis ground station (AGS) developed by Sagem, the MPC 600 is part of the company's complete range of flight data collection and processing systems. These systems enable airlines to handle all functions related to Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA)* and Maintenance Operation Quality Assurance (MOQA).

With the MPC 600, Sagem consolidates its offering of avionics equipment for civil aircraft, covering both flight control and onboard information systems.

* Flight Operation Quality Assurance and Maintenance Operation Quality Assurance.


Sagem is a high-tech company in the SAFRAN Group. It is a world or European leader in solutions and services in optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for the civilian and military markets. Sagem is the European No. 1 and worldwide No.3 in INSs for aeronautic, naval and land applications. It is also the worldwide No.1 in helicopter flight controls and the European No.1 in optronic and tactical UAV systems. Present across the globe via the SAFRAN Group's international network, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 6000 people in Europe, South East Asia and North America. For more information:

Sagem is now the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.

Philippe Wodka-Gallien
+33 (0)1 58 11 19 49

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