BIRD Aerosystems to enhance missile protection systems of Czech Air Force helicopters

The systems are installed in Mi-17 aircraft that have been deployed in conflict zones 

A Czech Mi-17 helicopter. Photo: Alan Lebeda/Wikimedia Commons

Israel's BIRD Aerosystems said Monday it has won a contract to upgrade the Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) that the company previously provided to the Czech Air Force. 

BIRD’s AMPS, which are installed on Mi-17 helicopters, have been deployed in a number of dangerous and complicated conflict zones including Afghanistan. The overall program includes an upgrade of the MILDS UV detection sensors and the MCDU Mission computers, as well as provision for future installation of BIRD’s Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor, the company said.  

“We see this as a sign of proof for the operational value that BIRD’s AMPS bring to the customer and are honored that the Czech Air Force chose to conduct an upgrade to the systems it is using for several years, in order to align with the latest developments and ensure optimal protection for its soldiers and personnel," said Ronen Factor, BIRD's Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder. "BIRD’s AMPS were deployed in various missions, including missions in Afghanistan – where the Czech Air Force was operating as part of the NATO forces.”

“We believe that this overall improvement will allow the Czech Air force to keep focusing on important operational missions while knowing that their force is protected,” he added. 

BIRD's AMPS provide the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against all known Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), including MANPADS, Laser Beam Rider threats, and radar-guided missiles. AMPS automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys or DIRCM that jam the missile’s IR seeker and protects the aircraft. AMPS are provided as a turn-key solution that includes installation design, installation, integration, certification, and support, and is certified by leading aircraft manufacturers. 

BIRD is also a leading developer of Airborne Surveillance, Information, and Observation (ASIO) solutions that offer decision-makers and field commanders accurate, real-time terrestrial and maritime information that enhances situational awareness, according to the company. 

The Israeli company's solutions are said to have been deployed by NATO, UN air operations, the US government, Airbus and other major aircraft manufacturers, among others.

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