November 5, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - EADS Defence & Security successfully completed the first flight tests of its MILDS F Missile Warning System (AN/AAR-60(V)2) on a Royal Danish Air Force F-16 combat jets.
RDAF F-16AM #E-598 is showing its upper side during the display at the air show days on August 18th, 2007 at Roskilde Airport. [Photo by Erik Frikke]
The test included 5 flights at day and at night with different test profiles, and has verified the basic capabilities of MILDS
F (Missile Launch Detection System, Fighter). A lot of data, including potential false alarm sources and missile simulations, were successfully recorded for analysis.
The Missile Warning System, developed by Defence Electronics, an integrated Business Unit of EADS Defence & Security, is installed in the Terma developed modified wing weapon pylons PIDS
+ (Pylon Integrated Dispensing System +) & ECIPS
+ (Electronic Countermeasures Integrated Pylon System). The system is operated from the Terma ALQ-213 EWMS (Electronic Warfare Management System).
MILDS F is a missile warning system which detects and tracks the UV
emissions of approaching missiles including the most prevalent threat of heat-seeking shoulder-launched missiles. It comprises 6 sensors and 1 processor providing spherical coverage of the aircraft. It 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 world wide.
30 MILDS F systems are under contract by the Royal Danish Air Force with deliveries planned until 2008.