RAF Shadow R1 Intelligence Aircraft to Get Defensive Aids System

Released on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
United Kingdom
King Air 350
DAS - Defensive Aids Suite
DIRCM - Directional InfraRed CounterMeasure
ISTAR - Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance
MoD - Ministry of Defence
RAF - Royal Air Force
SALT - Surface-to-Air Launch Trial
UK - United Kingdom
The UK Ministry of Defence has contracted Leonardo and Thales, under a single source procurement, to deliver an integrated UK Defensive Aids System (DAS).

The procurement will equip the RAF's fleet of eight Shadow R1 intelligence-gathering aircraft, providing an advanced DAS which will protect the aircraft against latest-generation of Infra-Red (heat seeking) missiles.

Designed, developed and manufactured in the UK, the system provides a sovereign capability which will be able to evolve in anticipation of changing threats to air platforms.

The contract will be delivered by a combined MOD/Leonardo/Thales team under a Leonardo prime systems integration contract, with the equipment being integrated onto the platform by Raytheon UK. Initial Operating Capability is targeted for early 2021. The system consists of the following subsystems:

Thales "Elix-IR" Threat Warner

Leonardo DAS Controller

Leonardo "Miysis" Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM)

Thales "Vicon" Countermeasures Dispensing System

The single source selection by the MOD follows the recent SALT III international trials hosted by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in Sweden. There, the integrated Miysis/Elix-IR system, using a jamming waveform developed by the UK MOD's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, proved its ability to defeat Infra-Red missiles in live fire exercises.

Source: UK Ministry of Defence orders Leonardo/Thales protection system for RAF Shadow ISTAR fleet

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