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DRDO and EADS develop advanced missile warning system for aircraft - ready for serial production news
29 May 2008

Berlin:  India's Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) an umbrella body that encompasses the country's defence research laboratories has said that its laboratory, the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), along with European defence consortium, EADS, has successfully developed an advanced missile warning system.

Speaking at the ongoing Berlin ILA 2008 air show, EADS officials said the system will enter serial production soon. Officials indicated that they were also looking at India as a manufacturing hub from where the technology could be exported to other interested countries.

According to EADS, the system has successfully passed extensive flight trials, paving the way for its induction on board several hundred rotary and fixed wing aircraft of the Indian armed forces.

The missile warning system, based on Missile Launch Detection System (MILDS), was tested on board an Indian Air Force test platform (aircraft) and was found to perform perfectly on all counts -- detection probability, accuracy, false alarm and reliability, according to chief executive officer of EADS' defence and security division, Stefan Zoller.

"Due to this success, the missile warning system has been accepted as indigenous equipment by the Indian authorities," he said.

"After initial cooperation of Defence Electronics and (Bangalore-based) Alpha Technologies which has already been started, the transition of series production at the Alpha manufacturing base is foreseen in near future," the EADS said while making the announcement.
According to EADS product information list, MILDS is a passive, true imaging sensor device for helicopters and wide-body aircraft. It is optimised to detect the radiation signature that is emitted from an approaching hostile missile exhaust plume.

A MILDS F version is optimised to detect the radiation signature in the UV solar blind spectral band that is emitted from an approaching hostile missile exhaust plume.

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.

MILDS-F 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.

MILDS 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 EADS.

Key Features
High angular accuracy
Full spherical coverage
Fits in Pylon or A/C body
High MTBF ( > 900 flight hours).

More than 4000 installed sensors on NH-90 TTH, TIGER, SH-60 KJ, H-47, A129, AB205, AB212, AB412, SH3D, UH1, AH1, AS532, Mi-17, CN235, A340, C-130 and others, contracted for F-16

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DRDO and EADS develop advanced missile warning system for aircraft - ready for serial production