At Aero India 2019 in Bangalore BIRD Aerosystems will present its SPREOS Directional Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) solution, in production configuration. for the first time in India.

The company will also present its patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS); together with SPREOS, this provides unique counter measure capabilities, significantly enhancing the protection of airborne platforms and forming an ideal solution for a range of fixed- and rotary-wing platforms, ensuring optimal protection against different MANPADS threat types. Both systems will be manufactured in cooperation with DEFSYS Solutions under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

MACS performs a unique confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the missile warning sensors (MWS), practically eliminating false alarms. It works alongside any legacy MWS and is the ideal solution for enhancing helicopter protection.
The SPREOS DIRCM integrates multiple functions into a single line replaceable unit (LRU), including threat confirmation, tracking and jamming of advanced IR guided missiles. It slews to the direction of the threat, activates its multi-band radar functionality, confirms and tracks while analysing the information to enable the most effective jamming response. Following confirmation and tracking, SPREOS deploys the dual-band countermeasure laser, causing the missile to miss the aircraft. It, too, can work with any legacy MWS and is the most advanced, compact and lightweight DIRCM in the market, according to the company.

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 the latest generation threats and to ensure the use of the best protection strategy, according to the given situation. This is an ideal solution that fits the needs of the Indian armed forces helicopters {….},” commented BIRD Aerosystems’ Co-CEO, Ronen Factor.

MACS fitted to an MIL Mi-17 helicopter, of which the Indian Air Force operates over 150, according to the World Defence Almanac. (Photo: BIRD Aerosystems)

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