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Netherlands F-16s get New Missile Warning and Flare-up

RNLAF contracts Airbus DS & Terma

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is upgrading their current Pylon Integrated Dispenser System, Universal (PIDSU) with MIL-STD-1760 capability to PIDS+ with Flare-Up. The missile warning system will detect an incoming missile and the Flare-Up dispenser system will allow the PIDS+ pylon to dispense flares to decoy the missile. 

As the RNLAF is part of the “F-16 European Participating Group,” it was not unexpected thatit would choose the same missile warning system, the AAR-60(V)2 MILDS-F from Airbus DS, as Denmark and Norway did a few years ago. Terma has been signed for Missile Warning integration and Flare-Up for the Dutch F-16s.

The Terma PIDSU originates from the time not too many years ago, when radar-guided missiles constituted the biggest threat to aircraft on combat missions. Therefore, the PIDSU dispensers only contain chaffs, while flare dispensers are mounted on the fuselage. But today, heat-seeking missiles constitute a big threat, in particular small shoulder-fired missiles, which is why there is a need for a warning system for these types of missiles and for additional flares. Both systems are accommodated in the latest variant of the Terma F-16 pylon modifications: The PIDS+ with Flare-Up.

The Missile Warning installation comprises a total of six sensors and one processor. Three sensors are installed in both the left hand and right hand pylon so they provide almost full spherical coverage, and the processor is installed in the right hand pylon.


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