Israel's BIRD Aerosystems to provide anti-missile systems for African VIP, military jets

The AMPS system provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground-to-air missiles, the company says

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BIRD Aerosystems, a developer of airborne missile protection systems and special mission aircraft solutions, said Wednesday it has won a contract for the installation of its AMPS-MLRD system, including the company's SPREOS missile countermeasure technology, on VIP and military aircraft in Africa. The identity of the customer was not disclosed. 

According to the company, the AMPS system provides the most 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 (flares and chaff), as well as directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile's IR seeker and protects the aircraft. The AMPS-MLRD includes BIRD Aerosystems' Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System (SPREOS), which provides missile verification, tracking and jamming, BIRD said. 

Under the contract, all aircraft will be equipped with the SPREOS that combines a semi-active dual band radar and directional IR countermeasure. Queued by missile warning sensors, SPREOS points towards the suspected threat, analyzes its characteristics and confirms its nature. In addition, SPREOS points an advanced quantum cascade laser towards the threat for the most effective jamming of the missile while continually assessing the effectiveness of the countermeasure, according to the company.

Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of BIRD Aerosystems, said "After a careful examination process, the customer chose BIRD Aerosystems' SPREOS and the AMPS-MLRD to protect its VIP and military fleet. 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. Being the most advanced protection solution in the market today, 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's solutions are being used by, among others, the UN, the US government, NATO and major aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus.