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Jack Richardson 

BIRD Aerosystems has completed the delivery of its Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) system, including the AeroShield POD and Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) sensor, to a VIP customer in Africa to protect the presidential Boeing 737 aircraft during its international flights around the world.

The AeroShield POD is an all-in-one integrated solution that supports the installation of BIRD’s AMPS on VIP wide-body aircraft and includes Missile Launch Detection Sensors (MILDS), MACS, Flare Dispensers and an inertial measurement unit (IMU). BIRD’s AeroShield POD is already in use in Africa and can be easily installed, providing Optimum platform protection with minimal interference to the aircraft, and can be rapidly transferred between aircraft.

The AeroShield POD that has been delivered under the current contract includes BIRD’s patented MACS sensor, which performs a 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. MACS ensures that only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.