BIRD Aerosystems has won a contract to supply additional Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) to be equipped on UN Mi-17 Helicopters.
“Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS-MV solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mi-17 Helicopters, that are operating in the most dangerous and complicated areas in Africa,” the company said in a statement Monday.
The AMPS missile protection system provides protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles (MANPADS). The system is designed to automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys (Flares and Chaff) and by Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile’s IR seeker and protects the aircraft.
The AMPS-MV includes BIRD Aerosystems’ patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) sensor, which performs unique confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors, and practically eliminates any False Alarms. MACS ensures that only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.