Civilian operators that work in combat environments now have an option to equip their helicopters with electronic warfare devices that can detect incoming missiles and launch chaff and/or flare countermeasures. Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG, Booth No. 1206) recently signed an agreement with Switzerland-based Ruag Schweiz to provide integration and qualification services for Ruag’s Integrated Self-Protection System (ISSYS) Plug-on-Device (POD) for use in the civil aviation market.
Bell Helicopter today unveiled two new versions of its 407 single at Heli-Expo–the 407GX and 407AH. The 407GX includes the just-announced Garmin G1000H glass cockpit that features a pair of 10.4-inch LCD displays, HTaws, TCAS and synthetic vision. The G1000H system also has the ability to monitor system parameters, and its large screens can also display forward-looking infrared and camera images.
Although not backed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security research-and-development fund, at least four other antimissile systems are vying to protect civil aircraft from the Manpad threat: L-3 Avisys of the U.S., and Israeli groups Elisra, ELTA/IMI and Elop.
Shown for the first time by Terma, two new countermeasures pods have been developed by the Danish company to protect helicopters and fighter aircraft from ground- or air-launched missiles. Both pods draw on existing technology but have been tailored to meet specific requirements.