BIRD Aerosystems Successfully Concludes SPREOS Live Firing Demonstration

MANPADS from different types, including the most advanced ones, were shot at a simulated aircraft, and the SPREOS successfully defeated all of them.

BIRD Aerosystems, a global provider of innovative defense technology and solutions that protect the air, sea, and land fleets of governments and related agencies, has conducted a live firing demonstration of SPREOS DIRCM protection against diverse MANPADS, proving to defeat 100% of the missiles.

BIRD Aerosystems’ SPREOS DIRCM

As part of the demonstration that was conducted according to a specific customer request, the company set up a complete test range that included a command & control room, a shooting post, and a simulated aircraft installed with BIRD’s AMPS-MD system including the SPREOS DIRCM. During the demonstration, MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems) from different types, including the most advanced ones available today, were shot at the simulated aircraft.

The AMPS detection sensors identified the missiles and alerted the MCDU mission computer, which activated the SPREOS DIRCM. SPREOS then rotated towards the threat and conducted threat confirmation & tracking followed by the deployment of the dual-band countermeasure laser, causing all missiles to miss the simulated aircraft.

Targeting the challenging scenarios of short-range shoots, BIRD’s patented SPREOS DIRCM was activated upon a pre-alarm signal, which caused the SPREOS to rotate toward the threat and activate its Semi-Active Doppler Radar to interrogate and confirm the incoming threat, ensuring a zero False Alarm Rate.

MANPADS from different types, including the most advanced ones, were shot at a simulated aircraft, and the SPREOS successfully defeated all of them.

Concurrently, the doppler radar also provided unique information on the incoming threat such as its Radar Cross Section (RCS), Distance, and Velocity, enabling a real-time assessment of the threat’s nature and automatic calculation of the “Time-to-Impact”, a vital indication that was used by the AMPS system to ensure optimal protection tailored to defeat each specific threat that was fired on the aircraft.

Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at BIRD Aerosystems: “We are proud to demonstrate BIRD’s SPREOS DIRCM unique capabilities under operational conditions. Our unique and patented concept of using a Doppler radar to confirm and track the threat that was introduced to the market by BIRD has proved itself – as the SPREOS defeated 100% of the missiles, demonstrating its efficiency and the strong operational added value it brings to our customers.”

BIRD Aerosystems will participate at the AOC EW Europe exhibition in Liverpool, UK, and present its innovative EW solutions on stand number B12.

In June 2020, Bird Aerosystems announced that it has equipped an African customer’s presidential Boeing 737 aircraft with its Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS).

Bird Aerosystems won a contract in November 2020 to delive and installation of its AMPS-MLRD solution, that includes the patented SPREOS DIRCM, on a customer VIP and Military aircraft in Africa.

AMPS-MLRD missile protection system provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles including MANPADS, Laser guided threats, and Radar guided threats. The system is designed to automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys (Flares and Chaff) and additionally by Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile’s IR seeker and protects the aircraft.

AMPS-MLRD missile protection system provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles including MANPADS, Laser guided threats, and Radar guided threats. The system is designed to automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys (Flares and Chaff) and additionally by Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile’s IR seeker and protects the aircraft.

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