Herzliya, Israel, 2016
BIRD Aerosystems has signed an agreement with the United States government, under which the company will provide advanced AMPS (Airborne Missile Protection Systems) to the US Army.
The AMPS missile protection system provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles (MANPADS). AMPS was developed in cooperation with AIRBUS Defence and Space, and is installed on hundreds of aircraft worldwide.
The system is designed to automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys (Flares and Chaff) and by Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile’s IR seeker and protects the aircraft.
AMPS is fully operational on military and VIP aircraft. Significantly, AMPS has also evolved into a standard system for NATO, having been selected and installed on Military, VIP and civil platforms used by NATO members, the United Nations air operations, governments and air forces around the world.
This contract is a followon contract to previous deliveries of the AMPS system that has been successfully implemented in recent programs of the US. Under the framework of this contract, BIRD will directly provide the systems to the US Army, as well as provide installation supervision, integration and testing support for the system.
Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder: “We see a great value in this agreement. The fact that the US government has chosen the AMPS is a true vote of confidence.
The AMPS ensures the safety of flight for hundreds of aircraft operated in the most demanding operational theaters such as Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Somalia. It has a proven track record in protecting crew and aircraft in many of today’s conflict zones.”
About BIRD Aerosystems
BIRD Aerosystems is a privately owned company established in 2001 and based in Israel. The company specializes in the developing and deploying of two main product lines: Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Airborne Surveillance, Information and Observation (ASIO) solutions.
BIRD provides turn-key programs that include operational analysis, system de-sign, system integration and installation, project management, extended product support, and a broad range of system engineering activities including ground testing, flight testing and system certification.
BIRD develops and markets the AMPS and ASIO solutions in three continents – America, Africa and Asia. The systems are in operational use by NATO forces, UN air operations, the US Government and many other customers around the world.
In 2015 the company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan Award with ‘Customer Value Leadership in the Mission Aircraft ISR System Industry’ for the ASIO system. The award reflects BIRD’s unique solution, which combines a high level of customization and technology to support the specific requirements of each customer.
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