29 May:The DRDO and European Aviation and Defence Systems (EADS) have successfully developed an advanced missile warning system for IAF aircraft and will start its serial production in Bangalore soon.
Announcing this during the ongoing Berlin Air Show, the Netherlands-based EADS said it looked at India as a manufacturing hub from where the technology could be exported to other interested countries.
EADS has so far supplied 24 out of a total of 36 sensors for integration with Indian Air Force helicopters and wide-bodied aircraft. A version for fighter aircraft is currently under development.
Under the pact signed last year, EADS and the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) of DRDO agreed to jointly develop the missile warning system based on EADS sensor called MILDS AN/AAR-60.
The system is a passive imaging sensor device for helicopters and bigger transport aircraft to detect the radiation signature that is emitted from an approaching hostile missile exhaust plume.
Its key features include high angular accuracy, fast reaction and high warning time.
The system has passed extensive flight trials successfully, paving the way for equipping several hundred rotary wing and wide-bodied aircraft of the Indian armed forces, CEO of EADS, Stefan Zoller, said.
"Due to this success, the missile warning system has been accepted as indigenous equipment by the Indian authorities," he said.Courtsey : DD NEWS