EADS Defence Electronics has successfully conducted first test flights with its
missile warning system MILDS on a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 at RDAF airfield
Aalborg, Dernmark. MILDS is an advanced, sensor system which detects and tracks
the UV emissions of approaching missiles including the most prevalent threat of
heat seeking shoulder launched missiles.
The purpose of the flight test campaign was to collect valuable reference data
of the MILDS operating in the combat aircraft environment for its software
adaptation. Furthermore, the aim was to qualify TERMA's testbed-pod, which is
housing the MILDS system for the trials. The missions (4 flights with more than
6 flight hours in total) included several supersonic parts as well as high
altitude flights and both the pod and the MILDS system proved to withstand the
environment. Sensor data were successfully recorded in various scenarios
including afterburner operation, missile firings and flares ejection both from
own-ship and wingman aircraft.
system presently undergoes an adaptation to meet specific requirements in a
fighter environment. Operation of a missile warner on a combat jet superimposes
specific stress to the equipment (temperature, vibration, g-load, shock etc.),
typical speeds flown are much higher and space available for physical airframe
integration is much less than on helicopters or wide body aircraft. The flight
test results proved that the established adaptation path is on the right track.
They also provided the engineers from EADS and DDRE (Danish Defence Research
Establishment) with sufficient data to finalize specifications and to set up
test criteria for the initial flight trials planned for mid 2006.
The Air Material Command of RDAF contracted EADS Defence Electronics in July
2004 to deliver the latest version of the AN/AAR-60 Missile Launch Detection
System, the AN/AAR-60 (V)2, dubbed MILDS-F, for their F-16. To the benefit of
the program, RDAF and DDRE are actively supporting the adaptation of the EADS
missile warning system and its integration into TERMA's wing weapon pylons PIDS+/ECIPS+
in terms of providing the testbed aircraft and testpilot as well as aircraft
related know how from the very beginning of the program.
MILDS-F is using the proven key components of the very successful MILDS missile
warner, which is operated as the standard missile warning device on helicopters
and transport/mission aircraft worldwide.
For the Danish program, the EADS DE self-protection system will be integrated
into TERMA A/S' Pylon Integrated Dispenser System (PIDS+) and Electronic Combat
Integrated Pylon System (ECIPS+) and linked to the AN/ALQ-213 EW Management
System. The Danish solution will be marketed worldwide by the companies EADS DE
and TERMA A/S.
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