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BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Airborne Patrol Solutions (ASIO), will launch and present its new ASIO Protection of Critical National Infrastructure solution at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi. This utilises state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies uniquely designed for protection of Critical Infrastructures such as oil, gas, electricity and more.

The ASIO Critical National Infrastructure solution, BIRD’s newest and most advanced configuration of the ASIO solution, enables customers to patrol and survey their strategic assets and Critical Infrastructure in any weather or lighting condition. When a threat is detected by the ASIO Special Mission Aircraft mission operator, the detection location, live video, and operational data are immediately relayed to other ASIO fixed-wing aircraft and ASIO Special Mission Helicopters for further tracking. In parallel, target data and live airborne video is sent to Headquarters and ASIO ground vehicles for effective event management and interception of the suspected targets on the ground.

Operationally deployed by several customers worldwide, the ASIO Critical National Infrastructure solution provides a multi-layered approach. This effectively prevents persons or items from illegally accessing ground assets and sensitive infrastructure.

Other BIRD Aerosystems Solutions at IDEX

At the IDEX exhibition, BIRD Aerosystems will also present its AMPS range of solutions, including:

  • Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS). This performs unique confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors and ensures zero false alarms. Therefore, only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon.
  • Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System (SPREOS) DIRCM which combines a Semi-Active Dual Band Radar and Directional IR Countermeasure. Queued by the Missile Warning Sensors, SPREOS points towards the suspected threat, performs a Doppler based interrogation to confirm the existence of a valid threat, and extract its key parameters. In addition, SPREOS precisely tracks and points an advanced fifth generation solid-state Quantum Cascade Laser towards the threat for the most effective jamming of the missile while continually assessing the jamming effectiveness.

BIRD will also display its AeroShield POD, an all-in-one Pod solution that supports the installation of BIRD’s AMPS on narrow and wide-body aircraft. Easily installed, the AeroShield POD can simply be transferred between different platforms.

Jack Richardson