Under the contract, BIRD Aerosystems will install the AeroShield POD with the MACS sensor which ensures zero false alarms, on aircraft of a governmental customer in Europe

 Herzliya, Israel – December 19, 2017: BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO) and Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), has won a contract for the installation of the AeroShield POD on a number of Airbus 320 Type aircraft. Under this contract, BIRD Aerosystems will install the AeroShield POD with the AMPS-MV system, which is the latest and most advanced configuration of the AMPS family, on aircraft of a governmental customer in Europe.  This contract follows a successful program of the AeroShield POD with a similar configuration on Boing 737 type aircraft.

The Aeroshield POD is an all-in-one integrated solution that supports the installation of BIRD’s Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) on VIP widebody aircraft. Integrating the AMPS system which includes 5 Missile Launch Detection Sensors (MILDS), 1 Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS), 2-4 Flare Dispensers and an inertial measurement unit (IMU), BIRD’s Aeroshield POD is easily installed, provides Optimum platform protection with minimal interference to the aircraft, and can be easily transferred between different aircraft.

The AeroShield POD includes Bird Aerosystems’ patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) sensor, which performs unique confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors, and practically eliminates any False Alarms. Upon receiving a pre-alarm warning from the electro-optical sensors, MACS slews to the direction of the incoming threat and verifies the threat’s validity. Concurrently, MACS also collects relevant information on the target (velocity and distance) and calculates its time-to-impact, enabling the most effective countermeasure response to the incoming missile. This validation process between the electro-optical sensors and the MACS provides the most effective filtering for all nature and man-made known types of false alarms that are usually detected by electro-optical sensors. MACS ensures that only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.

Under the contract, BIRD Aerosystems will provide installation design, integration testing and qualification for the system. The AeroShield POD fully complies with EASA/FAA civil aviation regulation procedures.