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BIRD Aerosystems has been awarded a contract by the Czech Republic to provide additional AMPS-MV systems with the patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) for the Czech Air Force’s Mi-17 fleet, as part of an overall modernisation.

BIRD’s Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) are already operational on the Czech Mi-17s and have been successfully deployed in different conflict zones, including Afghanistan. This contract comes after BIRD Aerosystems conducted an overall upgrade to the Czech’s existing AMPS systems earlier this year, which provided enhanced functionality to the MILDS UV detection sensors and the MCDU Mission computers.

AMPS Utility

The AMPS provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against all known Surface to Air Missiles including MANPADS, Laser Beam Rider threats and radar-guided missiles. The AMPS automatically detects, verifies and foils missile attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys (Flares and Chaff) that jam the missile’s IR seeker and protect the aircraft.

MACS is a Semi-Active confirmation Radar that significantly reduces the false alarm rate of the overall Missile Warning System. Queued by a suspected threat, MACS points towards it and performs a Doppler-based interrogation to confirm the existence of a valid threat. In so doing, MACS provides the most effective filtering of all known natural and human-made false alarms, typically detected by electro-optical sensors and ensuring that only real missiles will be acted upon by the system.

When fully operational, BIRD’s AMPS-MV with the MACS sensor comes as a turn-key solution that includes installation design, installation, integration, certification and support. It is certified by leading aircraft manufacturers.

Jack Richardson