Leonardo and Thales are being contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to demonstrate their Infra-Red (IR) protection system in trials in early 2018. The companies are currently engaged in development activities to bring together two of their most advanced products, Thales’ Elix-IR Threat Warning System and Leonardo’s MIYSIS Directed IR Counter-Measure (DIRCM) system.

Together, the systems will offer an end-to-end protection system for military and civil platforms, ranging from small helicopters to large troop transports/VIP platforms, IP platforms, against threatening missiles. Leonardo  and Thales  are  currently integrating the two systems so that hand-over between  threat-warning and threat-defeat is optimised to defeat the threat as  quickly as possible.



Both Elix-IR and MIYSIS have been extensively tested and their capabilities individually proven during live trials. (Photo: Leonardo)

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