Airborne Missile Protection Solutions

Provide complete protection against all known Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) including MANPADS, Laser Beam Rider threats and radar-guided missiles.

Airborne Missile Protection Systems

BIRD’s field-proven Airborne Missile Protection System (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.
Provided in cooperation with AIRBUS Defence and Space, AMPS automatically detects missile threats, processes and optimizes countermeasure programs, provides visual and audio alerts to the crew, and initiates appropriate countermeasure decoys or DIRCM. AMPS is provided as a turnkey solution that includes installation design, installation, integration, certification and support.

AMPS boasts a proven track record in prominent conflict zones worldwide. The system has been in long-term, continuous and successful operation by advanced armed forces in theaters including Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Certified by leading aircraft manufacturers – including AIRBUS Helicopters, MIL Design Bureau and others – AMPS has over 550 installations on platforms including EC135, EC635, EC145, BK117, EC155, Cougar, EC225, Mi8, Mi17, UH60, S-92, CH53, B407, B200, B350ER, B737, P3C, C130 and others.

AMPS Configurations

AMPS can be installed on a wide range of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, using a variety of detection sensors and configurations. The system’s primary configurations offer complete protection against any type of ground-to-air threat, including:

AMPS-M

Protects military and civil aircraft against shoulder-launched missiles (MANPADS).

AMPS-MV

Provides protection to VIP and civil aircraft against MANPADS attacks.

AMPS-ML

Protects aircraft against MANPADS and Laser Beam Rider threats (LRF, LTD, LBR)

AMPS-MLR

Protects aircraft against MANPADS, Laser Beam Rider threats, radar-guided missiles and radar-controlled guns

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Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor

BIRD’s unique Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) confirms suspected incoming missile threats to eliminate false alarms. This enabling full system compliance with stringent FAA/EASA civil aviation regulations, and dramatically improves commercial and VIP aircraft protection against MANPADS.

MACS Advantages

Eliminates false alarms and ensures that only actual threats are declared through effective filtering of all natural and manmade sources of false alarms

Collects specific threat information like velocity and distance, calculates time-to-impact

Optimized Counter Measure Logic

Eliminates the aircraft exposure in night conditions

Increased crew confidence

Compatible with Civil Aviation regulations and eligible to be installed on both civil and VIP platforms.

MACS Sensor - Eliminating the False Alarms

The patented MACS sensor performs unique confirmation 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, MACS slews to the direction of the incoming threat and verifies the threat’s validity. Concurrently, MACS also collects relevant information on the target (velocity and distance) and calculates its time-to-impact, enabling the most effective countermeasure response to the incoming missile. This validation process between the electro-optical sensors and the MACS provides the most effective filtering for all nature and man made known types of false alarms that are usually detected by electro-optical sensors. MACS ensures that only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.

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SPREOS (DIRCM) - Self Protection Radar Electro Optic System

SPREOS is an advanced Directional Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) system that provides enhanced protection against MANPADS (shoulder-launched missiles) for a wide range of airborne platforms – from small helicopters to large transport aircraft. Uniquely multifunctional, SPREOS offers threat confirmation, tracking, jamming and kill assessment of advanced IR-guided missiles – all in a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU).

SPREOS Advantages

Most advanced DIRCM solution available, ensures enhanced protection of aircraft against any type of MANPADS launch

Eliminates false alarms and ensures that only actual threats are declared through effective filtering of all natural and manmade sources of false alarms

Collects specific threat information like velocity and distance, calculates time-to-impact, and enables optimized jamming

Constant threat tracking to assess whether missile has been defeated and how effective protection remains

Integrates with any legacy MWS system leveraging patented concept for acquiring incoming threats via dual band radar technology

Single compact and lightweight LRU

Simple installation on all types of platforms

Upon receiving a warning from the onboard Missile Warning System (MWS), SPREOS quickly slews to the direction of the incoming threat and activates its multi-mode and multi-band semi-active radar functionality for confirmation and tracking. During threat tracking, SPREOS collects target velocity, position and distance information – calculating its time-to-impact and future position and enabling the most effective jamming response. Based on this calculated information, SPREOS then activates a multi-band countermeasure laser, causing the missile to miss the protected aircraft.

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AeroShield - All-in-One Airborne AMPS Pod

In light of the growing threat of MANPADS (shoulder-launched missiles) to civil and military aviation, and the need to protect wide-body aircraft, BIRD created AeroShield – a Pod solution for protection of large aircraft and VIP jets. Equipped with BIRD’s field-proven AMPS solution, AeroShield offers simple installation with minimal interference to the aircraft, in a unified solution for all wide body aircraft including the A320, B737, B777, A380, and others.

AeroShield Advantages

Optimum platform protection

Supports protection by both DIRCM and flares

Easy installation and configuration - one Pod fits all

Smaller and lighter than any Pod solution

Low-footprint design

Minimal aircraft modification

Pods are easily transferred between aircraft for optimum fleet management

AeroShield is the only Pod solution that supports protection by both DIRCM and flares, while fully complying with EASA/FAA civil aviation regulation procedures.

AeroShield is already field-proven and in operational use on VIP aircraft.

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