Airborne surveillance and missile protection solutions provider BIRD Aerosystems revealed it has completed the installation of its AMPS-MV airborne missile protection system (AMPS) on UN air operations Mi-17 helicopters.
The AMPS-MV systems, which includes the Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS), will protect the UN air operations VIPs when flying in Africa.
As a supplier of the AMPS for the UN as well as for other organizations such as the US government and various NATO forces, this follow-on order comes after several previous installations of BIRD’s solutions on UN aircraft in recent years, the company said.
Operationally deployed in conflict areas worldwide, BIRD’s AMPS missile protection system provides protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground-to-air missiles (MANPADS).
AMPS automatically detects, verifies, and foils 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 protect the aircraft.
The missile approach confirmation sensor performs confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors, practically eliminating any false alarms. MACS ensures that only actual missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.
“Providing the highest level of protection for its personnel, the UN air operations again chooses to equip its aircraft with BIRD’s AMPS. As the recent conflict in Ukraine showed us, the importance of these systems for the protection of soldiers’ lives is undoubted,” Ronen Factor, Co-CEO and founder at BIRD Aerosystems, said.