The SYLENA MK2 Naval Decoy-Launching System And Spectral Decoys for the A400 M


The Etienne Lacroix Group (Lacroix) will be pleased to welcome you to our stand HD241 in the French Naval Pavilion, during the 2017 LIMA exhibition to be held from March 21 to 25 in Langkawi, Malaysia.

During this biennial exhibition, the countermeasures specialist for air, land and naval systems will be focusing on:

  • SYLENA MK2 decoy-launching system for optimal protection and adapted to modern vessel projects DCNS has sold its GOWIND® 2500 corvette design which concerns the design and production of six corvettes through a technology transfer in Malaysia to take place at the Boustead Naval Shipyard. (Source DCNS).
  • Its aircraft countermeasures utilizing spectral decoys, MTV, etc.- commonly known as chaff & flares – to protect aircraft, such as the Airbus A400; and other helicopters such as Malaysia’s Armed Force’s EC725 Cougar, as well as addressing the future countermeasures requirements for the Rafale fighter jet.

The growing need for ship self-protection in the age of sophisticated threats

For over 25 years, powerful calculation capabilities and the miniaturization of electronic components have driven unprecedented advances in missile and torpedo homing device technology, making them highly discriminant with respect to standard techniques employed by conventional countermeasures.

The latest generation of missile homing devices can instantaneously analyze the target’s spectral, spatial and temporal data and reject any radar echoes or infrared radiation that are not emitted by a ship’s signature. Most of the missiles today, and which are widespread, are equipped with ECCM (Electronic Counter-Countermeasures) capabilities that reject standard decoys employing metal strips (chaff) or infrared compositions, “hot spots”.

In the same way, standard countermeasures are systematically rejected by advanced torpedoes having longer ranges and a capacity to analyse the situation, etc.

In order to counter the latest threats, recent technological developments have significantly enhanced countermeasures’ credibility and effectiveness.

The Etienne Lacroix Group has developed and perfected a new generation of systems and countermeasures capable of defeating the latest threats:

  • The Sylena MK2 decoy-launching range, a specially adapted system to countering anti-missile and / or anti-torpedo threats.
  • The SEACLAD naval munitions range, in service with numerous navies abroad, in the most extreme environments from the cold to the warm seas.

SYLENA MK2: the decoy-launcher provided by Lacroix for the LCS program – future corvettes destined for the Malaysian Royal Navy.

The laying of the keel ceremony of the first ship will take place in March 2017 at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut (Source:

SEACLAD countermeasure can be deployed by the SYLENA decoy-launching systems manufactured by ETIENNE LACROIX.

With regard to the LCS program requirements, the SYLENA MK2 system offers an array of flexible and modular solutions capable of being integrated in the ship’s combat system (CMS: Combat Management System).

The SYLENA decoy-launcher range is light and compact, thereby meeting the specific requirements for the modernization of existing vessels or equipping new ones.

LACROIX’s range of terminal effects for decoying missiles and torpedoes offers operators the highest level of interoperability and interchangeability with SEACLAD countermeasures, as well as numerous logistical advantages for a fleet comprised of a great variety of vessel types for all kinds of missions, while providing modular system compatibility with evolving technology for future acquisitions.

Given the dimensions and requirements of the latest generation in Malaysian vessels, it is only fitting that Lacroix offer to provide the Malaysian Royal Navy with its Sylena MK2 decoy-launcher in view of it arming itself with a complete solution (SEALEM / SEALIR anti-missile) and anti-torpedo (SEALAT) which can be loaded with DCNS’ CANTO® decoys.

Be among the first to visit our stand HD 241 in the French Pavilion at Resort World to see the most complete of our launching systems – the SYLENA MK2 – as well as our range of naval countermeasures solutions!

Providing the latest generation decoys to equip the Malaysian A 400M.

The Malaysian Royal Air Force sets itself on the cutting edge of innovation and requires the latest generation in equipment. It was therefore the first foreign country to order several Airbus A400Ms, the first of which was presented during the 2015 edition of the LIMA exhibition.

Backed by its contracts and research performed with the DGA (French defense procurement agency) and various industrial layers in the sector, including Airbus in this program, Lacroix is offering to supply the RMAF with the latest generation of spectral decoys, developed for this exceptional aircraft.

About the Etienne Lacroix Group

The ETIENNE LACROIX GROUP, founded in 1848, is a leading pyrotechnics company in the defense and security sectors. Its activities are vertically integrated and span from product design to manufacture, and include procurement, support and services.

The Group’s share capital is 100% family-owned, and its companies are managed by the founder’s descendants. The company, Lacroix, has a complete self-protection offer (from countermeasures to systems), as well as pyrotechnic systems for air, land and marine applications to supply French and foreign Armed Forces. The Lacroix Group is also a major supplier of training, simulation and signalling solutions and law enforcement products.

Your contacts at the LIMA 2017 exhibition:

Jean-Marie PASCAL Senior Business Development Manager Asia-Pacific & Middle-East • Mobile: +33 (0) 614 348 999 • [email protected]

Eric MANGE Digital Marketing Manager Group • Mobile +33 (0) 679 141 578 • [email protected]