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Missile warning and 3D Audio/ANR for Belgian F-16s

January 5, 2018 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Belgian Air force has ordered Terma’s Pylon Integrated Dispensing System (PIDS+) configuration pylons for its fleet of F-16 fighter jets.

Detail of an empty chaff & flare dispenser on RDAF #E-609 at Aalborg AB on April 24th, 2004. This system is called a PIDS (Pylon Integrated Dispenser System). The RDAF used it as first, but other air forces have since adopted this system as it increases the number of chaffs & flares that can be carried on board. The system is normally carried on the middle underwing hardpoint. [Photo by Erik Frikke]

With this order, all of the original European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) countries – Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, and Belgium – have now ordered the Terma PIDS+ pylons for their F-16s, and all of them are equipped with the Hensoldt AAR-60(V)2 Missile Warning System (MWS).

The MWS installation provides a vital improvement of the F-16 self-protection suite as the aircraft will now be able to detect and decoy attacking missiles. The MWS installation comprises a total of six sensors and one processor. Three sensors are installed in both the left-hand and right-hand pylon to provide almost full spherical coverage. The processor is installed in the right-hand pylon. The AAR-60(V)2 provides threat information to the Terma ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System in the cockpit. The ALQ-213 selects and executes the most efficient dispense sequence in the PIDS+ pylon and/or in the fuselage.

“By adding this Terma/Hensoldt MWS installation to the self-protection suite, we now have an integrated and very capable EW solution for our F-16s”, says Captain Sébastien D’hondt, F-16 Avionics Branch Material Manager, Belgian Air Force.

The BAF PIDS+ configuration is the most advanced variant as both left- and right-hand pylons are equipped with three dispensers where the former variants only had two ea. in the RH pylon – this was made possible by introducing a new compact variant of the Terma Digital Sequencer Switch which allows installation of the additional dispenser magazine.

Belgium has also awarded Terma a contract for the Terma Aircraft Audio Management System (AAMS), which includes our market leading 3D-Audio and noise reduction capabilities.

The advanced communication and situational awareness solution, which has been fielded and combat proven by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) since 2009, provides enhancement of the pilot’s situational awareness, survivability, and reduction of his/her workload by presenting audio warnings/cues and radio messages in a full 360-degree spherical representation. Thereby enabling the pilot to get the dynamically updated warning tone/cue in the true direction of the threat and spatially separating radio communication for increased speech intelligibility. The system also provides Active Noise Reduction (ANR) and Electrical Noise Reduction (ENR) for reduced pilot stress and fatigue.

”The spatial separation of multiple communications will support time-critical radio transmissions much better than the legacy audio configuration, also as we add more radios to the BAF F-16s. With the added dynamic threat cues and noise reduction, the situational awareness and mission effectiveness will greatly increase for our pilots”, says Captain Sébastien D’hondt F-16 Avionics Branch Material Manager, Belgian Air Force.

The Terma AAMS will be installed on a total of 54 BAF F-16s and is consequently the largest F-16 AAMS order to date.

Additional images:

Tail detail of BAF F-16A block 15 #FA-87 with PIDS and 10W insigna, seen at the TLP in 1997. [F-16.net photo]

TAGM-65 'Maverick' installed on a PIDS (Pylon Integrated Dispenser System) pylon on a Belgian F-16 [Photo by Stefaan Ellebaut]