BIRD Aerosystems Delivers Anti-Missile Protection System for African Presidential Jet

The Israeli company's technology, which is already protecting aircraft and helicopters used by heads of state, includes a missile approach confirmation sensor that practically eliminates false alarms

AeroShield POD of Bird Aerosystems. Photo provided by the company

Israel's BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Airborne Surveillance, Information, and Observation solutions, said June 24 it has completed the delivery of its AMPS system to a VIP customer in Africa. The system will protect that country's presidential Boeing 737 aircraft during its flights around the world.

Uniquely designed to protect VIP Aircraft, BIRD’s AMPS is already in operational use by several different customers in Africa, protecting aircraft and helicopters used by heads of state. 

The AMPS includes the AeroShield POD, an all-in-one integrated solution that supports the installation of the AMPS on VIP wide-body aircraft; the Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS); Missile Launch Detection Sensors; Flare Dispensers; and an inertial measurement unit. The integrated solution is easily installed, provides optimum platform protection with minimal interference to the aircraft, and can be easily transferred between different aircraft, according to the company.  

The AeroShield POD delivered under the contract with the VIP customer includes BIRD’s patented MACS, which performs a unique analysis of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors, and practically eliminates any false alarms. Upon receiving a pre-alarm warning from the electro-optical sensors, the MACS turns toward the incoming threat and verifies its validity. At the same time, the MACS collects relevant information on the target's velocity and distance and calculates its time-to-impact, enabling the most effective countermeasure response. The MACS ensures that the system will only take action against real missiles, the company said. 

Ronen Factor, co-CEO and founder of BIRD Aerosystems, said "We are thrilled to complete another successful delivery of BIRD's AMPS to a customer in Africa. This delivery, which was completed as planned despite the ongoing international coronavirus crisis, follows previous deliveries and installations of BIRD's AMPS and AeroShield POD on different military and civilian aircraft around the world. Small and lightweight, BIRD's AeroShield POD is ideal for wide-body aircraft such as the B737, and provides optimum platform protection against MANPADS with minimal interference to the aircraft. Integrating BIRD's MACS sensor, the system ensures zero false alarms."