King Air 350
- Defensive Aids Suite
- Directional InfraRed CounterMeasure
- Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance
- Ministry of Defence
- Royal Air Force
- Surface-to-Air Launch Trial
- 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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