RNLAF F-16s receive missile warning and flare upgrade
Richard Scott, London – IHS Jane’s International Defence Review
01 March 2017
- PIDSU pylons fitted to RNLAF F-16 fighters are being upgraded to PIDS+ standard with the addition of a missile warning system and flare dispenser kit
- Dispensers introduced with the Flare Up modification are canted so that flares are fired diagonally downward
Terma is upgrading the self-protection capability of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16 fighters by introducing a pylon-mounted missile warner and flare dispenser fit to defeat infrared (IR) guided manportable air-defence system (MANPADS) threats.
Under a contract signed with the Netherlands Defence Material Organisation (DMO) last year, the company will integrate a missile warner and install ‘Flare-Up’ kits on the existing PIDSU (Pylon Integrated Dispenser System Universal) underwing pylons. The PIDSU is a MIL-STD-1760-enabled adaptation of Terma’s Pylon Integrated Defense System (PIDS).
According to Terma, the RNLAF will integrate the Hensoldt (ex-Airbus DS) AN/AAR-60(V)2 MILDS-F ultra-violet (UV) missile warning system to bring the PIDSU pylons up to PIDS+ standard. The AAR-60(V)2 installation comprises a total of six UV sensors, plus a processor unit: the pylons on wing stations 3 and 7 are each fitted with three UV missile warning sensors, giving near 360° spherical coverage.
The additional incorporation of the Flare-Up dispenser system will allow the PIDS+ pylon to dispense flares to decoy incoming IR-guided missiles. While the PIDSU pylon had previously only been capable of dispensing chaff to counter radar-guided threats, Terma has now developed the Flare-Up field upgrade kit – comprising special magazines and a modified breech plate – for PIDS variants.
The Flare-Up kit was developed in late 2009 and was certified by the US Air Force’s Seek Eagle Office in 2013. Dispensers introduced with the Flare Up modification are canted so that flares are fired diagonally downward so as not to hit the wingtip-mounted missile.
The AAR-60(V)2 provides threat information to the Terma ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS) in the cockpit.
Original post janes.com
Terma’s Pylon Integrated Defense System (PIDS)
PIDS+ Pylon integrating MWS – Image: terma.com
As the recent development program in Denmark for the pylon-based Missile Warning System (MWS) F-16 installation for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) followed by a similar Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNOAF) solution appeared successful, other F-16 countries have initiated a process to secure a similar solution for their fighters.
The U.S. Air National Guard as well as The Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Turkey Air Forces have announced tenders for similar protection systems. Terma believes to have a solution that will meet the requirements and needs of all three air forces
The solution is based on a derivative of the Terma developed Pylon Integrated Dispensing System (PIDS). Pylons on stations 3 and 7 are equipped with each three Missile Warning sensors, providing an almost spherical protection against infra-red guided missile attacks. The concept was initially developed by Terma when the European F-16 users and U.S. Air National Guard conducted a feasibility program to evaluate if this Missile Warner System installation could perform satisfactorily. Source terma.com
The Flare Up kit adds downward-canted IR flare dispensers into the PIDS+ pylon. (Terma) – Source: janes.com
F-16 Pylon Integrated Dispensing System with missile warning sensors. Each pylon contains three UV missile warning sensors and two chaff/flare magazines. Full weapons carrying capability is retained. Source terma.com
AN/AAR-60(V)2 MILDS-F ultra-violet (UV) missile warning system
In cooperation with Airbus Defence & Space, Harris now offers the AN/AAR-60(V)2 missile warning solution for an integrated infrared countermeasure system for the defense of tactical fighter aircraft. AN/AAR-60(V)2 detects and tracks incoming IR-guided threats, alerts the aircrew quickly on the direction of arrival, and initiates the countermeasure automatically. The system, which has up to six sensors is already in operational use with various air forces operating F-16 aircraft and is optimized for installation on pylons and pods, as well as for fuselage mounting on fighter-type aircraft.
System benefits of the missile warning system:
- Fast Detection and Declaration
- Automatic Countermeasures Initiation
- Crew Alert
- Sufficient Warning Time
- Low False Alarm Rate
- High Angular Accuracy
- Full Spherical Coverage
- Fits on Pylons or Aircraft Body
- High Mean Time Between Failure
- Data and Technology Releases to Customer
AN/ALQ-213 EW Management Unit
The Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS) ALQ-213 product family is the core system of Terma’s integrated Electronic Warfare (EW) systems solutions. As a subsystem and aircraft independent system, the ALQ-213 integrates individual subsystems into one combined system. The pilot has one single interface to all self-protection subsystems which results in increased survivability and reduced stress on the pilot in critical situations.
In collaboration with a large number of end users and aircraft manufacturers, the performance and capabilities of Terma’s EWMS have continuously been expanded over the past two decades. Today, the product represents the most common and mature Electronic Warfare management system in the market.
One Coherent System Solution
The ALQ-213 management system manages all subsystems automatically and displays alerts, status, etc. as one coherent system instead of a number of individual subsystems.
Terma’s management system is unique in the sense that, on one hand, it creates an integrated systems solution, but on the other hand, it does not need to be tightly integrated into the aircraft’s main control software. This means low integration costs as well as increased flexibility for the users.
Commonality across Platforms
The uniqueness of the ALQ-213 family of controllers is that the same product can be used across a mixed fleet of aircraft (fighters, helicopters, and fixed wing transport aircraft) because the products have been developed for generic solutions rather than dedicated platforms.
Freedom of Choice
The ALQ-213 allows for integration of any EW subsystem (Radar-, Missile-, Laser Warning, Direct InfraRed CounterMeasures systems, Jammers, Decoys, and Dispensers) enabling us to deliver the solution that best meet operational requirements and budget.
A Total EW Package
As a mature product, the ALQ-213 product family comes with all necessary tools supporting all phases of the flight from planning, recording, training, and analysis for continuous optimization of the operational performance. Source terma.com
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