BAE Systems introduces Smart D2 system
BAE Systems has developed a new next-generation threat management technology, Smart D2, designed to dispense countermeasures and defend military aircraft, the company announced on 8 October.
The new technology can efficiently manage and deploy expendable countermeasures - including multi-shot flares, active radio-frequency (RF) decoys and kinetic interceptors - in order to protect aircraft from existing and emerging threats.
The Smart D2 system provides two-way communication between the dispenser and aircraft using a NATO- standard communication interface, providing crews with critical inventory information and the ability to programme 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.
Smart D2 has been designed for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and integrates with existing warning systems.
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