The Korean Army’s Surion Utility Helicopter will be protected with the help of Cassidian’s AN/AAR-60 MILDS systems (Missile Launch Detection Systems) against missile attacks.
As per a multimillion euro contract signed by the Korean Aircraft Industries, Cassidian would provide a total of 100 sensors, out of which a first batch comprising of 24 sensors would be delivered by 2013. Cassidian, the defense and security subsidiary of the EADS, has in the past aided Lig Nex1, a Korean company, to develop the electronic warfare system for the helicopter and provided 36 sensors during this phase.
The CEO of Cassidian Electronics, Bernd Wenzler revealed that over 7000 MILDS sensors have been deployed globally and have become a standard missile warning systems for both wide-body aircraft and helicopters. It has proved its mettle in protecting air vehicles against missile attacks, especially against infrared guided shoulder fired missiles.
The sensing device is a passive imaging sensor, which is capable of identifying the ultraviolet radiation signature emitted by approaching missiles. Its features include an ultra high resolution and rapid processing abilities with the help of which the sensor carries out highly reliable threat identification and also helps eliminate false alarms. Rapid reaction and optimized coverage are provided by using four to five sensors.
The MILDS has been utilized on board a number of rotary wing and wide body aircraft such as the C-130, MI-17, CH-47, CH-53, NH90 and the Tiger. One particular fighter version, MILDS F, is being used by the Royal Norwegian Airforce F-16 fighters and the Royal Danish Airforce.