Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Origin: United Kingdom
Parent System: SIREN
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: ?
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Description: BAE Systems' SIREN is a state-of-the-art anti-ship missile decoy system that uses radiofrequency (RF) technology to detect, locate and counter anti-ship missiles. It was developed to meet the Royal Navy requirements for an off board jammer capable of countering the most demanding threats such as anti-ship missiles. Upon the SIREN locates an incoming threat, it launches a decoy from a 130mm launcher. Then the decoy uses a two stage parachute system to reach to optimum point to counter the missile threat. Within a few seconds after launch, the decoy payload begins transmitting a powerful and highly directional radiofrequency signal that jams the threat's seeker while the decoy descends slowly. This way, SIREN diverts the incoming threat from the ship.
The Royal Navy evaluated the SIREN and found out it was the most reliable decoy system available. During trials it was able to handle multiple threats simultaneously in dense clutter environments. The SIREN decoy is compatible with standard 130mm decoy launching systems.
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