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14 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: BIRD Aerosystems Presents New DIRCM System

BIRD Aerosystems (Hall 6 Booth #C353) showcases its new Directional Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) system called SPREOS (Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System).

SPREOS, a joint development with a large European company, combines a radar based sensor (verification) and an active laser (DIRCM), and provides enhanced protection against the immediate threat of Man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). The system can be used in a wide-range of airborne platforms, ranging from small helicopters to large transport aircraft. SPREOS integrates into a single Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) multiple functions, including threat confirmation, tracking and jamming of advanced IR guided missiles.

Upon receiving a warning from the onboard Missile Warning System (MWS), SPREOS quickly slews to the direction of the incoming threat and activates the dual band radar function for confirmation and high precision tracking. Following the confirmation and tracking SPREOS deploys the dual-band counter measure laser causing the missile to miss the aircraft.

"The new SPREOS system is a true game changer in the market, ensuring enhanced protection of aircraft against any type of MANPADS launch, with zero activation as a result of false alarms," Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder, told MT. "We developed the SPREOS based on the vast experience BIRD gained in hundreds of projects that have already been implemented in recent years. We are mostly proud that our development team succeeded in creating this high-end solution which will be the most advanced in the market with the most cost effective price tag in its category.”

For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #06/2016, available at the show in hall 6, stand #B197; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.