BIRD adds missile protection to African VIP transport aircraft
Israel-based BIRD Aerosystems announced on 24 June that it has completed the installation of a missile protection system on board a Boeing 737 aircraft, which is used to transport the head of state in an unnamed African country.
Work included integration of the AeroShield POD solution (pictured), which includes a sensor to detect a missile launch; the patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS); flare dispensers; and an intetial measurement unit.
Upon receiving a pre-alarm warning from the electro-optical sensors, MACS slews to the direction of the incoming threat and verifies its validity, while simultaneously collecting velocity and range data to calculate the time to impact.
‘This delivery, which was completed as planned despite the ongoing international coronavirus crisis, follows previous deliveries and installations of BIRD's AMPS and AeroShield POD on different military and civilian aircraft around the world,’ said Ronen Factor, co-CEO and founder of BIRD Aerosystems.
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