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French, Russian firms to jointly produce advanced helo

Aug. 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM   |   Comments

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Sagem, the French defense electronics company, and Kamov of Russia are jointly developing an enhanced attack helicopter.

The helicopter will be an advanced version of the Kamov-52 Alligator attack helicopter, which "will address a requirement expressed by several countries," the two firms said.

Sagem and Kamov, a Russian Helicopters company, had first started cooperating in 2011 for the integration of Sagem optronic equipment and LINS 100 inertial navigation systems into Kamov aircraft.

Sagem's Strix optronic sight system, in production for French-German Tiger combat helicopter, provides full day/night capability.

Its LINS-100 laser gyro inertial navigation system is produced in Russia under a joint venture arrangement.

"The companies' joint offering for helicopters will support Sagem's strategic objective of establishing long-term industrial partnerships with leading Russian companies." Sagem said.

Sagem, however, gave no additional details on the advanced helicopter that it and Kamov plan to produce or other features of the cooperative agreement.

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