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EADS adapts missile warning system to protect Danish F-16

July 22, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - EADS Defence Electronics is adapting its MILDS® missile warning system to a new configuration MILDS F, accommodating the demanding requirements of fighter aircraft such as the F16 Fighting Falcon.

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The Royal Danish Air Force awarded EADS Defence Electronics a contract to deliver 30 systems in cooperation with the Danish company TERMA A/S which is responsible for integrating them into the RDAF F-16.

As announced during Farnborough Airshow, MILDS F (technical designation: AN/AAR-60 (V) 2) is based on the MILDS (Missile Launch Detection System) sensor proven in service aboard a huge variety of rotary wing and wide body aircraft, including Tiger, NH90, CH-47 and C-130. Under the specific mission conditions of fighter aircraft the system considerably enhances the protection particularly against shoulder-fired infrared-guided missiles which cannot be detected by current warning systems.

"MILDS F with its very low false alarm rate and fast detection combined with automatic initiation of countermeasures relieves the pilot's workload in time-critical situations and ensures the safe return of both crew and aircraft", explains Bernhard Gerwert, CEO and President of EADS Defence Electronics.

MILDS F is a passive, imaging sensor detecting the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. The extremely high resolution combined with rapid processing enables a very reliable identification and virtually eliminates false alarms. Several sensors linked to a Countermeasure Signal Processor provide full spherical coverage and rapid reaction. The system is optimised for the installation either in pylons or in the fuselage of fighter aircraft.

For the Danish programme, 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.

EADS Defence Electronics, supplier of radar, avionics and electronic warfare systems, is an integrated part of the EADS Defence and Security Systems Division (DS). DS, with revenues of about 5.2 billion euros in 2003 and roughly 24,000 employees across nine nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, the Group generated revenues of over 30 billion euros and employed a workforce of more than 109,000.