BIRD Aerosystems, a leading developer of Special Mission Aircraft Solutions and Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), presents the AeroShield POD in its full configuration for the first time at Paris Air Show 2017. In its full configuration, the AeroShield POD is available with BIRD Aerosystems' SPREOS Directional Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) solution, making it "the only pod solution that supports protection by both DIRCM and flares," according to the company.
Integrating the full AMPS system into an all-in-one POD solution which includes BIRD's SPREOS DIRCM as well as Missile Launch Detection Sensors (MILDS) and additional Flare Dispensers, the AeroShield POD was designed to provide one of the most comprehensive anti-missile aircraft protection systems for narrow and wide body aircraft and VIP jets. The AEROSHIELD POD is already fully operational and in use on VIP aircraft.
Together with Textron Aviation, BIRD Aerosystems presents a CJ4 Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) Special Mission Aircraft (SMA) solution that combines BIRD’s field-proven ASIO solution and Textron Aviation’s Cessna CITATION advanced CJ4, which effectively transforms the VIP transport aircraft into a sophisticated Special Mission Aircraft. With added speed and range, the Cessna CITATION CJ4 is able to reach points of interest far quicker, and cover a greater mission area, making it ideal as a special mission jet for both land and maritime surveillance missions, according to the companies.
BIRD Aerosystems' ASIO solution is a complete end-to-end airborne Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) solution. ASIO provides decision makers and field commanders with accurate, real-time terrestrial and maritime information. Integrated with BIRD’s unique Mission Management System and using the latest surveillance and monitoring sensors, the ASIO solution has become one of the most affordable, reliable and capable Special Mission Aircraft Solution available today. BIRD’s ASIO solution can be installed on a wide range of aircraft and is a complete yet highly customizable airborne operational system.
"We are proud to present our latest solutions at the Paris Air Show,” Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder, explained. “This include our SPREOS DIRCM solution integrated within the AEROSHIELD Pod which is the only pod solution that supports protection by both DIRCM and flares, and thus is an ideal all-in-one solution for protection of large aircraft and VIP jets. Additionally we will be presenting together with Textron Aviation the ASIO CJ4 SMA CITATION solution which is a unique special mission aircraft solution that enables users to enjoy extraordinary aircraft capabilities along with a comprehensive multi-sensor configuration that support diverse operational missions. The CJ4 ASIO solution ensures a unified and comprehensive situational awareness picture for the entire task force in the air and on the ground and enables decision makers to make critical operational decisions in real time."