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
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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