Combining radar-based Confirmation sensor & active laser providing enhanced protection against MANPADS
BIRD Aerosystems (exhibiting at the Israel Pavilion in hall 6, on booth #E697), a leading developer of Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO) and Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), presents the SPREOS Compact Directional Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) solution in its production configuration for the first time at Eurosatory.
“Following an intensive period of development and testing, we are proud to reveal the production configuration of our compact SPREOS DIRCM system at Eurosatory,” says Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Bird Aerosystems. “Utilising a proprietary multi-band laser jamming, the SPREOS eliminates all of the false alarms and ensures that only actual threats are jammed. Combining multiple independent laser generators, including the latest QCL technology, the system is able to counter latest generation threats.”
Ideal solution for a range of airborne platforms, including military helicopters and transport aircraft, BIRD’s SPREOS ensures optimal protection against different MANPADS threat types. The system can be easily integrated with all types of Missile Warning Systems (MWS) and upon receiving a pre-alarm from the MWS, SPREOS slews to the direction of the threat, activates its multi-band radar functionality, confirms and tracks the threat while analysing its unique information (velocity, distance, position, RCS) to enable the most effective jamming response.
Following the confirmation, SPREOS deploys its multiband countermeasure laser to jam the threat while constantly performing kill assessment by monitoring of the threat and real-time assessment whether it has been defeated and how effective is the protection.
“Weight being a major issue for airborne platforms, we were able to reduce it to less than 13Kg, making the SPREOS the most compact and lightweight DIRCM available today,” continues Mr. Factor, “We witness a growing interest from our customers, that appreciate the multiple benefits our system offers over competing systems, and expect first orders to come in in the next few months.”
Eurosatory 2018 is showcasing the future of innovation across the land forces sector and MONCh (Moench Online News Channel at www.monch.com) brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #06/2018, available at the show in hall 6, stand #D198.; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.