Cas­sid­ian show­cases de­fence and se­cu­rity so­lu­tions at Moscow show

SP's MAI - - MILITARY - [ By Lt Gen­eral (Retd) Naresh Chand ]

Cas­sid­ian, the de­fence di­vi­sion of EADS, is a world leader in de­fence and se­cu­rity so­lu­tions. The com­pany dis­played its de­fence and se­cu­rity so­lu­tions at the MAKS 2013 In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion and Space Salon in Moscow which took place from Au­gust 27 to Septem­ber 1. At MAKS 2013, the de­fence di­vi­sion of EADS mainly fo­cused on:

• Op­tron­ics so­lu­tions for self-de­fence and coun­ter­mea­sures of air­borne mil­i­tary plat­forms.

• Se­cu­rity radar for bor­der and in­fra­struc­ture sur­veil­lance.

Op­tron­ics so­lu­tions for air­borne plat­forms

Mis­sile Warn­ing Sys­tem (MILDS) AN/AAR-60. It es­pe­cially meets the re­quire­ments for self-de­fence of helicopters and wide-body air­craft in or­der to counter the in­creas­ing threat by IR-guided mis­siles. MILDS is an ad­vanced, pas­sive imag­ing sen­sor which de­tects and tracks the ul­tra-vi­o­let (UV) emis­sions of ap­proach­ing mis­siles in­clud­ing the preva­lent use of heat-seek­ing shoul­der-launched man-por­ta­ble air-de­fence sys­tems. The MILDS sys­tem tracks and iden­ti­fies UV sources through its imag­ing sen­sor, which de­ter­mines the an­gle of at­tack and pri­or­ity. The sys­tem then ac­cu­rately ini­ti­ates proper coun­ter­mea­sures and warns the pilot to be­gin nec­es­sary eva­sive ma­noeu­vres. More than 7,000 sen­sors have been sold for plat­forms such as the UH-60/SH-60, CH-47, CH-53, S-70, SH-3, Mi-8, Mi-17, Mi-171, NH-90 and many oth­ers.

AL­TAS. The ad­vanced laser threat alert­ing sys­tem (AL­TAS) de­tects laser range find­ers, laser tar­get des­ig­na­tors and, with the ad­di­tional beam rider chan­nel of AL­TAS-2QB, is also able to de­tect solid state beam rider sources. The sys­tem de­liv­ers all pa­ram­e­ters re­quired to ini­ti­ate rel­e­vant coun­ter­mea­sures. AL­TAS can be eas­ily in­te­grated into higher level elec­tronic war­fare suites us­ing stan­dard in­ter­faces. It per­mits easy in­stal­la­tion and in­te­gra­tion on all air­borne mil­i­tary plat­forms.

AR­GOS-II. The AR­GOS-II (air­borne ob­ser­va­tion sys­tem) en­ables helicopters to pin­point and ob­serve troop move­ments. Mov­ing tar­gets can be tracked re­li­ably for fire con­trol sys­tems and pre­cise tar­get co­or­di­nates can be sent to other units. The ro­bust ob­ser­va­tion equip­ment is all-weather which can op­er­ate in in­clement weather, ex­treme tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tions, sand­storms and ex­treme cold con­di­tions.

Sfer­iSense he­li­copter laser radar sys­tem. The Sfer­iSense he­li­copter laser radar sys­tem is de­signed for use in helicopters. The sys­tem scans the area ahead of the he­li­copter us­ing a laser beam that poses no dan­ger to the hu­man eye. It can de­tect even thin wires with a high level of pre­ci­sion at a dis­tance of over one kilo­me­tre. MilOWS clas­si­fies po­ten­tial ob­sta­cles in the cat­e­gories wires, masts or in­di­vid­ual stand­ing ob­jects as ob­sta­cle sym­bols that are su­per­im­posed onto a video or for­ward look­ing in­frared video. The pilot sees this in­for­ma­tion on the vi­sor of his hel­met or on a mul­ti­func­tional dis­play in the cock­pit. Alarms also sound when an ob­sta­cle or the ground is dan­ger­ously close.

Bor­der Sur­veil­lance Sys­tems

SPEXER 1500 Se­cu­rity Radar. SPEXER 1500 se­cu­rity radar has been de­signed for the sur­veil­lance of bor­der ar­eas and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­tures such as oil fields and mil­i­tary camps. It is able to de­tect, track and clas­sify a large va­ri­ety of ob­jects. It is us­ing the lat­est radar tech­nol­ogy of ac­tive elec­tron­i­cally scan­ning ar­ray (AESA) pro­vid­ing a multi-task­ing and multi-mode ca­pa­bil­ity that in­creases the de­tec­tion and tar­get as­sess­ment ca­pa­bil­ity sub­stan­tially. Its de­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­ity is very good e.g. it can de­tect a pedes­trian at 15 km with a 0.5 m² radar cross sec­tion (RCS) and a light ve­hi­cle at 18 km with 2.0 RCS. SPEXER 1500 is part of Cas­sid­ian’s SPEXER se­cu­rity radar fam­ily which con­sists of sev­eral sen­sors, each op­ti­mised for spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions in the fields of bor­der, in­fra­struc­ture, perime­ter and coastal sur­veil­lance. The SPEXER radars are the first op­er­a­tional land-based sur­veil­lance radars world­wide us­ing AESA tech­nol­ogy as well as in­no­va­tive dig­i­tal beam form­ing tech­nol­ogy ben­e­fit­ing from the com­pany’s ex­pe­ri­ence gained in the mil­i­tary sec­tor.

SPEXER 1500 se­cu­rity radar

Sfer­iSense he­li­copter

laser radar sys­tem

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