French government orders 16,454 FELIN soldier modernization systems from Sagem, Safran group

Paris, November 24, 2009 – French defense procurement agency DGA has placed a new order with Sagem, a Safran group company, for 16,454 FELIN integrated equipment suites for the French army.

With this latest contract, France has now ordered a total of 22,588 FELIN systems from Sagem. The total value of the FELIN soldier modernization program, including development, engineering, production and initial support, is approximately one billion euros.

A complete, modular and unified system for infantry soldiers, FELIN delivers a significant improvement in protection, observation, communication, engagement, mobility and support functions for front-line soldiers. FELIN features an enhanced ergonomic design, plus better protection against modern small caliber weapons. The brand-new sighting system facilitates the neutralization of adversaries day or night. Because of its enhanced observation and positioning capabilities, FELIN also considerably improves night maneuvering and combat capabilities.

Sagem will deliver complete FELIN integrated systems to the French army, including a protective vest, combat gear, day/night sights for individual and crewed weapons, day/night vision and observation equipment, communications and information systems.

The FELIN system is now in production, and the first French army regiment will be outfitted with these systems in the second quarter of 2010.

This latest order confirms Sagem's European leadership in soldier modernization programs, a top priority for a number of nations. Sagem also contributes to the British program FIST*, the Swiss program IMESS, and is holding preliminary discussions for a number of possible export contracts.

* through subsidiary Vectronix AG


Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defense and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has 54,500 employees and generated sales exceeding 10 billion euros in 2008. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.2 billion euros in 2008. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indexes.
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