Quad-A Aircraft Survivability Equipment Symposium: BIRD Aerosystems presents its RF Confirmation and Jamming Sensors Family including the MACS Sensor and SPREOS DIRCM
[Herzliya, Israel – October, 2017]: BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), will present its RF Confirmation and Jamming Sensors Family at the Quad-A Aircraft Survivability Equipment Symposium. BIRD’s RF (radio frequency) Confirmation and Jamming Sensors Family include the MACS sensor, which performs confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats and ensures a zero False Alarm Rate with maximum aircraft protection, and the SPREOS DIRCM, which combines a radar-based confirmation sensor and an active laser jammer, and provides enhanced protection against the immediate threat of Man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).
The patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (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.
BIRD’s Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System (SPREOS) combines a radar-based sensor (verification) and an active laser (DIRCM), and provides enhanced protection against the immediate threat of Man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). SPREOS integrates into a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) multiple functions, including threat confirmation, tracking and jamming of advanced IR guided missiles. Upon receiving a warning from the onboard Missile Warning System (MWS), SPREOS quickly slews to the direction of the incoming threat and activates the dual-band radar function for confirmation and high precision tracking. Following the confirmation and tracking SPREOS deploys the dual-band countermeasure laser causing the missile to miss the aircraft. The system can be used in a wide-range of airborne platforms, ranging from small helicopters to large transport aircraft.