Australia's AP-3C, S-70A and CH-47 Aircraft to Get MILDS Warners

Released on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
CH-47D Chinook
F-16A Fighting Falcon
P-3C Orion
Tiger ARH
UH-60A Blackhawk
MANPADS - Man Portable Air Defense Systems
EADS Defence Electronics has been awarded a contract worth more than € 10 m by the Australian Department of Defence for the supply of the Missile Launch Detection System (MILDS - AN/AAR-60) missile warning systems to protect helicopters and wide-body aircraft against missile attacks.

As reported by the company on Wednesday, the missile warning systems will be provided for the SA70A Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters for integration under the Echidna project in the helicopters' self-protection suites. Similarly, standalone MILDS systems including cockpit control and display unit as well as an inertial navigation unit are being supplied to upgrade the self-protection capability of the Australian AP3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

MILDS is an advanced, passive imaging sensor which detects and tracks the UV emissions of approaching missiles including the most prevalent threat of heat seeking shoulder launched Man Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS). The system provides full coverage threat declaration, a low false alarm rate and maximum warning time to enable the deployment of countermeasures such as Chaff/Flares. MILDS is already in the Australian Department of Defence's inventory on the ARH Tiger and soon on the NH90 (Australian designation: MRH90) helicopters. The sensor has been proven in service aboard a huge variety of rotary wing and wide body aircraft.

In the field of electronic self-protection and missile warning, EADS Defence Electronics is already decisively involved in the defensive aids systems of the Eurofighter, the A400M transport aircraft and the Tiger and NH90 helicopters. In addition, the Business Unit has developed a UV missile warning system (AN/AAR-60 (V) 2, MILDS-F) for fighter aircraft, which is currently being integrated into the F-16 aircraft of the Danish Air Force.


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