Sensors from CASSIDIAN to protect Korean Utility Helicopters

  • MILDS mis­sile warn­ing sys­tem increas­es security
  • Opti­mized effect against shoul­der-fired missiles

MILDS forward sensor heads, seen here in the NH90 configuration
MILDS for­ward sen­sor heads, seen here in the NH90 con­fig­u­ra­tion.
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Cas­sid­i­an, the defence and secu­ri­ty divi­sion of EADS, will pro­tect the “Suri­on” util­i­ty heli­copter of the Kore­an Army against mis­sile attacks. Fol­low­ing a mul­ti-mil­lion euro con­tract from Kore­an Air­craft Indus­tries, Cas­sid­i­an will deliv­er a first batch of 24 of its proven AN/AAR-60 MILDS® sys­tems (MILDS = Mis­sile Launch Detec­tion Sys­tem), until 2013. The order com­pris­es about 100 sen­sors. Cas­sid­i­an already sup­port­ed the Kore­an com­pa­ny Lig Nex1 in the devel­op­ment of the helicopter’s elec­tron­ic war­fare sys­tem and deliv­ered 36 sen­sors dur­ing the devel­op­ment phase. 

“With more than 7,000 MILDS® sen­sors in ser­vice world­wide, MILDS® has become the stan­dard mis­sile warn­er for heli­copters and wide-body air­craft today”, explains Bernd Wen­zler, CEO of Cas­sid­i­an Elec­tron­ics. “It has proven its val­ue in pro­tect­ing air vehi­cles, par­tic­u­lar­ly against infrared-guid­ed shoul­der-fired missiles.” 

MILDS® is a pas­sive imag­ing sen­sor, detect­ing the UV radi­a­tion sig­na­ture of approach­ing mis­siles. The extreme­ly high res­o­lu­tion com­bined with rapid pro­cess­ing enables very reli­able threat iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and vir­tu­al­ly elim­i­nates false alarms. 4 to 5 sen­sors pro­vide opti­mized cov­er­age and rapid reac­tion. MILDS® is in ser­vice aboard a huge vari­ety of rotary wing and wide body air­craft, includ­ing Tiger, NH90, CH-53, CH-47, MI-17 and C‑130. A spe­cif­ic fight­er ver­sion – MILDS F – is in ser­vice with the Roy­al Dan­ish Air­force and Roy­al Nor­we­gian Air­force F‑16 fighters. 

The “Suri­on” has been devel­oped joint­ly by Kore­an Aero­space Indus­tries and Euro­copter. It is planned to pro­cure approx. 250 helicopters. 

Cas­sid­i­an, an EADS com­pa­ny, is a world­wide leader in glob­al secu­ri­ty solu­tions and sys­tems, pro­vid­ing Lead Sys­tems Inte­gra­tion and val­ue-added prod­ucts and ser­vices to civ­il and mil­i­tary cus­tomers around the globe: air sys­tems (air­craft and unmanned aer­i­al sys­tems), land, naval and joint sys­tems, intel­li­gence and sur­veil­lance, cyber secu­ri­ty, secure com­mu­ni­ca­tions, test sys­tems, mis­siles, ser­vices and sup­port solu­tions. In 2010, Cas­sid­i­an – with around 28,000 employ­ees – achieved rev­enues of € 5.9 bil­lion. EADS is a glob­al leader in aero­space, defence and relat­ed ser­vices. In 2010, the Group – com­pris­ing Air­bus, Astri­um, Cas­sid­i­an and Euro­copter – gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of € 45.8 bil­lion and employed a work­force of more than 121,000.

CASSIDIAN, “Defend­ing world secu­ri­ty”.

Lothar Belz Tel.: +49 (731) 392.3681

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