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Eurocopter and ATE team up on Stand-alone Weapon System for Helicopters

(PresseBox) (Paris, ) Eurocopter and French airborne systems integrator, ATE, have teamed up to design, develop, manufacture and sustain a modern, Stand-Alone Weapon System (SAWS) for any of Eurocopter's light and medium helicopter products.

This modular system is exhibited with an AS550 Fennec light military helicopter on Eurocopter's static display at the Paris Air Show.

The Eurocopter-ATE SAWS solution addresses increased market demand for helicopters incorporating a weapon system able to match evolving mission scenarios in current and future conflicts.

Eurocopter has proven capabilities in producing multi-role military platforms meeting operational requirements by armed forces worldwide. Similarly, ATE has unmatched expertise in weapon system development and subsystems integration on fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

The SAWS enables a range of missions, eg.:

- Surveillance and armed reconnaissance
- Airborne Command and Control
- Close Air Support
- Maritime patrol, littoral warfare, eg. anti piracy and Coast Guard
- Potential for light ASuW and ASW

The SAWS is composed of

- a core part including: a mission and firing control computer / controls and components to interface the crew and the platform
- a choice of sensors: FLIR, TV, HUD, HMSD...
- a choice of guided weapons (Ingwe and others) providing the necessary flexibility for a given mission
- a choice of unguided weapons

About ATE

Established in 1984 by a group of French aeronautical engineers, ATE, which is specialised in systems integration, is a group of companies with subsidiaries on several continents. The company employs approximately 400 people, 300 of which are engineers who provide ATE with a solid technical in-house expertise. The average turnover for the Group is in the region of 90 million Euros per year. 90% of its clients are military based. ATE has successfully accomplished more than a dozen major system integration contracts and has a total of over 30 major clients worldwide.

Airbus Helicopters

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.