The AMPS-MV systems include BIRD’s advanced MACS sensor, and will be Installed on Mi-17 Helicopters
[Herzliya, Israel]: BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS-MV solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mi-17 Helicopters, that are operating in the most dangerous and complicated areas in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD’s AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the systems on additional helicopters.
BIRD’s AMPS missile protection system provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles (MANPADS). 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. The AMPS-MV includes BIRD Aerosystems’ patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) sensor, which performs unique confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors, and practically eliminates any False Alarms. MACS ensures that only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.
Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Bird Aerosystems: “The UN Air Operations teams are operating in the most dangerous areas and conflict zones in Africa, and therefore have to make sure that their helicopters are safe and protected against the constantly growing threat of MANPADS. As caring for its soldiers is a primary goal for the UN, we are honored that once again, they choose to do so using BIRD’s AMPS-MV, the most advanced and cost-effective solution that is available today.”