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Bird receives UN AMPS order

5th August 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Bird Aerosystems will supply additional Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) for UN Air Operations, the company announced on 5 August.

Under the contract, BIRD will install its AMPS-MV solution, which includes the Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) sensor, on UN Mi-17 helicopters deployed in Africa.

The AMPS provides enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against surface to air missiles (SAMs). The system is designed to automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure flare and chaff decoys and directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile's IR seeker and protect the aircraft.

The MACS sensor performs unique confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors, and practically eliminates any false alarms, ensuring that only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.

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