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BIRD Aerosystems, a developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), recently was awarded a contract for the delivery and installation of its AMPS-MLRD solution, which includes the patented SPREOS DIRCM, on a customer VIP and military aircraft in Africa.
The AMPS-MLRD missile protection system provides enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles including MANPADS, laser-guided threats, and radar-guided threats. The system is designed to automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys such as flares and chaff, and additionally by Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile's IR seeker and protects the aircraft. The AMPS-MLRD includes BIRD Aerosystems’ SPREOS, a patented DIRCM system that provides missile verification, tracking, and jamming.
As part of the program, all aircraft will be installed with the SPREOS (Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System) that combines a semi-active dual band radar and directional IR counter-measure. Queued by the missile warning sensors, SPREOS points towards the suspected threat, performs a Doppler-based interrogation to confirm the existence of a valid threat, and extracts its key parameters. In addition, SPREOS precisely tracks and points an advanced 5th generation solid-state Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) towards the threat for the most effective jamming of the missile while continually assessing the jamming effectiveness.
According to Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at BIRD Aerosystems, “BIRD Aerosystems’ AMPS with the SPREOS DIRCM makes it possible to identify and intercept high-velocity threat attacks such as enemy MANPADS and eliminate all of the systems’ false alarms. SPREOS enables our customers to detect threats in a way that has never been possible before, ensuring optimal aircraft protection tailored to defeat each specific threat.”
BIRD Aerosystems is a privately-owned company established in 2001 and based in Israel. The company specializes in developing and deploying two main product lines: airborne missile protection systems (AMPS) and airborne surveillance, information and observation (ASIO) solutions. The AMPS family of solutions provides complete protection against all known Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), including MANPADS, Laser Beam Rider threats, and radar-guided missiles. The company’s ASIO solution offers decision-makers and field commanders accurate, real-time terrestrial and maritime information that enhances situational awareness.
Combining in-depth knowledge of airborne operational requirements along with continuous innovations that drive the development of new and advanced airborne products and solutions, BIRD provides turnkey programs that include operational analysis, system design, system integration and installation, project management, extended product support, and a broad range of system engineering activities including ground testing, flight testing, and system certification.
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