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Israeli company enters DIRCM arena

22nd December 2016 - 16:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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Israeli company Bird Aerosystems is close to inking a deal with its first customer for a newly-developed self-protection kit that shields an aircraft from heat-seeking missiles.

Unveiled at Eurosatory 2016 earlier this year the self-protection radar electro-optic sensor (SPREOS) offers protection against new-generation infra-red missiles such as those fired by man-portable air defence (MANPAD) weapons.

The system leverages existing technology developed by the company, known as the missile approach confirmation sensor (MACS), which utilises Doppler radar for confirmation and tracking of a missile and a QCL laser to ‘dazzle’ the missile’s seeker.

‘We are now in full development

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