ELECTRONIC WARFARE SELF-PROTECTION SYSTEMS FOR HELICOPTERS
Military helicopters are carrying out their missions in various and very often complex operational environments. They are facing a wide range of threats and rely on their manoeuvrability and armour but above all on their self-protection system to survive. Thales provides airborne self-protection systems that combine several configurations of sensors and effectors to:
• Detect, identify and track the threats
• Provide correlated warning information to the crew
• Deploy appropriate countermeasures in a timely manner.
Thales provides tailored self-protection suites that can integrate several sensors and effectors among which:
Radar Warning Receiver for radar threat warning and tactical situation awareness
Active and passive Missile Warning Systems for missile threat detection and tracking
Hostile Fire Indicator to detect and locate enemy fire
Laser Warning System for laser threats detection and identification
Chaff and Flares Dispensing System for threat decoying
Directed Infrared Countermeasures for missile threat IR jamming
RF jammer or RF active decoy for radar threat countering
The systems provide the crew with accurate information in real time and can operate automatically to minimise workload. All equipment is optimised in terms of size, weight and power (SwaP) and life cycle costs.
All Thales self-protection systems come with a comprehensive ground support cell for mission libraries programming and advanced flight reports analysis.
Thales self-protection systems and equipment are installed on board numerous platform types around the world.
The aircrew has been briefed, the mission is clear: the helicopter is to fly deep into enemy territory to provide air support for ground troops in a sticky situation. As the crew straps in and prepares for take-off, they know they'll be flying into the unknown. Despite ...