Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has signed a technology transfer agreement with Sagem (Safran) to manufacture and maintenance of Sagem's SIGMA 95 laser gyro navigation systems.
According to the agreement, HAL will be able to produce SIGMA 95 units for the Indian air force, and also provide level 3 front line maintenance.
Sigma 95 is an autonomous, hybrid laser gyro inertial/GPS-Glonass navigation system, developed for fixed and rotary-wing combat aircraft. It stands up to severe environments, and gives military aircraft a high degree of navigation precision and operational flexibility, thus supporting the success of even the most demanding missions, including in areas without GPS signals.
Sagem has further consolidated its partnership with the Indian aerospace industry through this agreement. Several hundred combat aircraft deployed by the Indian Air Force and Navy are already fitted with Sagem's laser gyro navigation systems, including the Hawk, Jaguar, Tejas, MiG-29 and -27 and Su-30.
Sagem's laser gyro navigation systems are produced in the company's Montluçon plant in the Auvergne region of south-central France. They are used on the latest military aircraft in France and worldwide, including the Dassault Rafale and Mirage 2000 fighters, Airbus A400M Atlas transport, and the Airbus Helicopters NH90 and EC725 Caracal helicopters, transport and special forces versions.
GPS (Global Positioning System) and Glonass (GLObal'naya NAvigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema) are the satellite positioning systems deployed by the U.S. and Russia, respectively.