Air Force Will Retain Ability to Programme System Libraries
Indra announced on 23 February that the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Defence, has awarded it a contract under which the company’s INSHIELD Direct Infra-Red Counter-Measure (DIRCM) system has ben selected to equip up to nine A400M aircraft of the Spanish Air Force.
INSHILED has been evaluated and validated under a national programme partially funded by the Directorate-General of Arms and Materiel (DGAM) and has also been tested with excellent results as part of the NATO EMBOW trial, in which the system was integrated on a Spanish Army CHINOOK helicopter.
Indra will provide associated support services to the Air Force in order to effectively integrate INSHIELD into the service’s logistics chain, optimising maintenance costs and maximising system reliability. The services will include the ability for the Air Force to manage and populate the system libraries itself, thus ensuring the DIRCM can operate against future as well as current threats.
INSHIELD can be installed on a wide variety of aircraft as a standalone defensive measure or integrated with existing components such as radar warning receivers or chaff/flare dispensers. It can also be installed as an upgrade to the Indra ALR-400 self-protection suite already in widespread use globally.