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Sweden contracts with Rheinmetall for Birdie 118 helicopter self-protection system

Export breakthrough for new IR decoy


The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has awarded Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH an order for Birdie 118 aircraft decoys for Swedish Air Force helicopters. The decoys will be delivered in 2007 and used in future international operations.

Birdie, an acronym for "Bi-spectral InfraRed Decoy Improved Efficiency", is a proprietary development of Rheinmetall Waffe Munition. The Birdie represents a new departure in protecting helicopters against modern infrared-guided surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. It is also uniquely effective in countering shoulder-launched MANPADS, which are increasingly used by non-state actors, terrorist organizations, etc.

It can be used in any 1x1" Nato standard dispensing system for aircraft self-protection, and is also available in a 2x1" calibre version, the Birdie 218. Numerous Nato and national tests have proved the Birdie's effectiveness against even the most advanced guided missiles with two-colour analysis.

Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH, a subsidiary of the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Defence Group, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of self-protection systems and decoys for protecting military and civilian assets. The Swedish order represents a breakthrough in the international market.


Rheinmetall AG
Corporate Sector Defence
Press and Information
Oliver Hoffmann
Rheinmetall Platz 1
40476 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 473-4748
Fax: +49 211 473-4157

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