Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: 500
Origin: France
Corporations: MBDA
Parent System: Saphir
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
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Family Members: Saphir and Saphir 400
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Description: The Saphir-M is a derivative of the proven Saphir chaff and flare dispensing system. Saphir-M has been developed to protect highly valuable helicopters such as the NH-90 and the Tiger. It is well suited to counter threats posed by radar and missiles, specially short-range should-fired missiles such as American Stringer and Russian/Soviet Igla.

The Saphir-M features high decoy capacity, interoperability with other decoys, fully programmable, stand-alone or integrated with and EW system, and optimized for helicopter use. The system consists of cartridges dispenser modules (up to 10), the sequencing supply and safety unit, the cockpit control unit, the magazines and different types of ammunition ranging from 18 per magazine to 72 per magazine. Saphir-M features manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic release.

On September 4, 2004, MBDA and Eurocopter signed an initial production contract to equip all versions of the Tiger assault and NH90 multirole helicopters with Saphir-M decoy self-protection system. The contract represents the supply of 500 systems over the next 15 years.

The Armies, Navies and Air Forces of Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal operating the NH90 and/or Tiger helicopters will be the first to receive the Saphir-M decoy countermeasures system. The list should be extended in the near future with new NH90 and Tiger customers.

Saphir-M Applications

Combat Aircraft Tiger ARH Tiger HAD Tiger HAP Tiger UHT Support Aircraft NH90 NFH NH90 TTH

Saphir-M News

There is 1 news
on 15 Jun 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010Spain Selects Shapir-M Self-Protection Suite for its Tiger HAD Helicopters

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