Eurocopter awarded a €200 million ($251 million) contract
to EADS, Thales and MBDA for the supply and integration of the advanced Threat
Warning Equipment (TWE) into Tiger and NH90 helicopters ordered by Germany,
France, Italy, Australia, Portugal, and Finland.
The Threat Warning Equipment self-protection system includes a missile approach
warning system and a laser warning receiver developed by EADS, an instantaneous
wide-band radar warning system and a central processing unit developed by Thales,
and a chaff/flare dispenser developed by MBDA.
Over 500 TWE self-protection systems will be delivered and integrated in the
NH90 multi-purpose helicopter and Tiger attack helicopter between 2004 and 2012.
Recent experience gained in Iraq by allied forces showed that state-of-the-art
self-protection systems are a must for rotary wing aircraft survivability.
Lockheed-Martin announced on 18 March 2004 that the M299 fully digital launcher
with Hellfire II anti-tank missiles performed seamlessly during the Australian
Tiger ARH maiden flight. This represents the second time that digital M299
launcher has been integrated onto an international aircraft, the first one was
UK's WAH-64 helicopter.
Tiger ARH outfitted with the M299 launcher will now enter demonstrations flights
to validate the Hellfire II missile on the Tiger attack helicopter platform
through the fall of 2005. Lockheed-Martin aims to provide the M299 launcher and
Hellfire II missiles to other Tiger helicopter operators. The M299 launcher is
fully compatible with the Hellfire successor, the JCM, being developed for the
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