EADS Missile Warning Systems to protect Australian aircraft
* MILDS sensors equip helicopters and mission aircraft
* System provides full coverage threat declaration, a low false alarm rate and maximum warning time
Munich, 18 May 2005
EADS Defence Electronics has been awarded a contract worth more than € 10 m by the Australian Department of Defence for the supply of the Missile Launch Detection System (MILDS - AN/AAR-60) missile warning systems to protect helicopters and wide-body aircraft against missile attacks.
As reported by the company on Wednesday, the missile warning systems will be provided for the SA70A "Blackhawk" and CH-47 "Chinook" helicopters for integration under the "Echidna" project in the helicopters' self-protection suites. Similarly, standalone MILDS systems including cockpit control and display unit as well as an inertial navigation unit are being supplied to upgrade the self-protection capability of the Australian AP3C "Orion" Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
"With a very low false alarm rate and fast detection combined with automatic initiation of countermeasures, MILDS relieves the pilot’s workload in time-critical situations and ensures the safe return of both crew and aircraft. This is another good example for EADS´ innovative products and high tech solutions that meet the growing and changing requirements for military services”, explained Bernhard Gerwert, CEO and President of EADS Defence Electronics.
MILDS is an advanced, passive imaging sensor which detects and tracks the UV emissions of approaching missiles including the most prevalent threat of heat seeking shoulder launched Man Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS). The system provides full coverage threat declaration, a low false alarm rate and maximum warning time to enable the deployment of countermeasures such as Chaff/Flares. MILDS is already in the Australian Department of Defence's inventory on the ARH Tiger and soon on the NH90 (Australian designation: MRH90) helicopters. The sensor has been proven in service aboard a huge variety of rotary wing and wide body aircraft.
In the field of electronic self-protection and missile warning, EADS Defence Electronics is already decisively involved in the defensive aids systems of the Eurofighter, the A400M transport aircraft and the Tiger and NH90 helicopters. In addition, the Business Unit has developed a UV missile warning system (AN/AAR-60 (V) 2, MILDS-F) for fighter aircraft, which is currently being integrated into the F-16 aircraft of the Danish Air Force.
EADS Defence Electronics is the Group´s Sensors, Avionics and Electronic Warfare House and is an integrated part of the EADS Defence and Security Systems Division (DS). DS, with revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 24,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000.
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