Sofradir set to acquire IR detector technology facilities

Sagem, Thales and Sofradir have signed an agreement for joint subsidiary Sofradir to acquire Sagem and Thales’s infrared (IR) detector technology development and manufacturing facilities.

IR detectors are at the heart of multiple military, space, commercial and scientific applications including thermal imagers, missile seekers and surveillance systems, targeting systems and observation satellites.

Under the agreement, Sagem will transfer to Sofradir the indium antimonide (InSb) technology. The Quantum Well-Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) and indium-gallium-arsenide (InGaAs) technologies will be transferred to Sofradir from the GIE III-V Lab, an economic interest group with partners Alcatel Lucent, Thales and research institute CEA.