MBDA chooses Sagem’s new Matis MP3 sight to modernize Mistral firing posts for French army

Paris, March 25, 2011

The new Matis MP3 optronic aiming sight offered by Sagem (Safran group) has been chosen by missile manufacturer MBDA to modernize the French army's Mistral surface-to-air firing posts.

The contract covers the development and production of the sight and its new thermal imager for 186 launching stations, within a scope of a modernization contract that French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded to MBDA, prime contractor for the Mistral missile. Sagem also supplies the infrared seeker for the Mistral surface-to-air missile.

A critical part of the weapon system, the Matis MP3 is a day/night sight that significantly enhances the Mistral missile's capabilities in several key areas:

  • extended detection and identification ranges;
  • greater operability under different weather conditions;
  • integration of day and night channels in the same system.

The Matis MP3 sight is a highly integrated unit with a user-friendly design, comprising:

  • dual field IR channel with a 3-5 µm VGA detector;
  • dual field daytime channel;
  • latest-generation electronics that support image processing for even the most sophisticated threats, including under difficult weather conditions.

It is also fitted with a magnetic compass and GPS receiver, to provide geographic coordinate readings of the target and enhanced coordination of firing posts within a defense area.

As shown by this latest contract from the French army, Sagem offers an innovative and powerful new modernization solution for short and very-short-range surface-to-air defense systems.


Sagem , a high-tech company in the Safran group, 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 7 000 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.
For more information: www.sagem-ds.com

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