BAE Systems unveiled its next generation airborne countermeasures system, dubbed SMART D2, on 8 October.
Named for its ability to dispense countermeasures and defend military aircraft, SMART D2 efficiently manages and deploys smart, expendable countermeasures – including multi-shot flares, active RF decoys and kinetic interceptors, designed to protect aircraft and aircrews from existing and emerging threats.
Traditional threat warning and countermeasure systems identify and defeat infrared and RF guided missiles by dispensing flares or chaff, which confuse threats and their ability to track. However, current systems lack the communications, inventory management, and customisable response capabilities necessary to increase survivability against evolving future threats.
SMART D2 provides two-way communication between the dispenser and aircraft using the NATO-standard Smart Stores Communication Interface, providing crews with critical inventory information and the ability to program expendable, active decoys in real time to improve survivability against advanced threats. The system monitors the quantity, location, age, and carriage life of each expendable on the aircraft and can deploy a tailored mix of smart countermeasures to efficiently defeat specific threats.
“The SMART D2 system combines smart inventory management with a database of proven countermeasure combinations,” commented Vice President and General Manager of Survivability, Targeting, and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems, Paul Markwardt. “The updated communications and inventory control in our SMART D2 system and its ability to work with current and future smart countermeasures provides aircrews with a more capable survivability solution that improves their ability to complete missions.”
SMART D2 is designed to work with fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and integrates with existing warning systems as well as future systems, including the company’s 2-Color Advanced Warning System (2C-AWS). It also builds on the company’s proven ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser System, a trusted and highly reliable survivability system that operates on a wide variety of military aircraft worldwide.