BIRD Aerosystems, an Israeli provider of innovative defense technology and solutions that protect air, sea, and land fleets of governments and related agencies, announces it had conducted a live firing demonstration of SPREOS DIRCM protection against diverse MANPADS (man-portable air-defense systems), proving to defeat 100% of the missiles, at an undisclosed country.
As part of the demonstration, which was conducted according to a specific customer request, the company set up a complete test range that included a command & control room, a shooting post, and a simulated aircraft installed with BIRD's AMPS-MD system including the SPREOS DIRCM. During the demonstration, MANPADS from different types, including the most advanced ones available today, were shot at the simulated aircraft.
According the company, the AMPS detection sensors identified the missiles and alerted the MCDU mission computer, which activated the SPREOS DIRCM. SPREOS then rotated towards the threat and conducted threat confirmation & tracking followed by the deployment of the dual-band countermeasure laser, causing all missiles to miss the simulated aircraft.
Targeting the challenging scenarios of short-range shoots, BIRD's SPREOS DIRCM was activated upon a pre-alarm signal, which caused the SPREOS to rotate toward the threat and activate its Semi-Active Doppler Radar to interrogate and confirm the incoming threat, ensuring a zero False Alarm Rate. Concurrently, the doppler radar also provided unique information on the incoming threat such as its Radar Cross Section (RCS), Distance and Velocity, enabling a real-time assessment of the threat's nature and automatic calculation of the "Time-to-Impact", a vital indication that was used by the AMPS system to ensure optimal protection tailored to defeat each specific threat that was fired on the aircraft.