Cassidian AMPS to be offered for business jets
Cassidian can now fit its AMPS missile defence system on business jets to protect them against attacks by missiles of the MANPADS type (Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems).
According to the company, following extensive investigations, the aviation authorities EASA and LBA have now given a positive answer to a preliminary query submitted by Cassidian. AMPS could now be fitted to aircraft which are not on scheduled traffic. This particularly concerns aircraft operators which offer air transport to crisis areas on behalf of governments or aid organisations.
Cassidian’s solution features a modified version of its military missile defence system AMPS (Airborne Missile Protection System), which detects the UV radiation of approaching missiles and launches flares so as to divert the missile’s seeker head. The system only requires minor modifications to the aircraft’s architecture and also allows pyrotechnic flares to be taken along, while the aircraft can preserve its civilian status.
AMPS offers an extremely low false alarm rate and maximum warning time. On board almost 200 military helicopters and aircraft, the system has proved to provide protection against the widespread danger by IR-guided missiles. It is based on the missile warning sensor MILDS AN/AAR-60 (Missile Launch Detection System) and on MILDS F AN/AAR 60 (V), a special variant for jet aircraft.
Cassidian cooperates with the German Dresden-based aircraft equipment provider EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke to elaborate a design and certification study for the integration of AMPS into wide-body aircraft to be able in the future to offer the operators of large aircraft types a protection concept that can be certified for civil aircraft.