Rome 24 February 2015
They are called "seekers" and are infrared trackers and will be those developed by Finmeccanica-Selex ES that will be integrated into the Future Air to Surface Guided Weapon (Helicopters) / Anti Navire Léger - FASGW (H) ANL - missile system that will equip new generation helicopters. The activity will be carried out under a contract signed by Finmeccanica -Selex ES with MBDA France and SAGEM.
FASGW (H) ANL, a joint program of the French and UK governments, has been designed to handle the most accurate wide range of threats in complex naval environments, where a tracker precision becomes essential for the success of the launch. The system will also be integrated with a two-way data link, which will allow the operator to monitor and change the targeting of the missile while in-flight, if necessary.
The development of the new tracker started at the end of 2013 thanks to a pre-contract funding by MBDA; Finmeccanica - Selex ES has already delivered to SAGEM the first hardware components and a preliminary mathematical model. The development phase will be immediately followed by a multi-year manufacturing phase.
Finmeccanica - Selex ES produces a wide range of high performance electro-optical seekers that include semi-active lasers, infrared imaging, dual and multimode seekers. Suitable for different types of guided weapons systems, the seekers are in service on many missile systems.