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Directable Infrared Countermeasure System For Airborne Use


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BAE Systems Boldstroke
: 27 October, 2010  (New Product)
Boldstroke’s aircraft survivability unit is an infrared countermeasure system for protection against infrared-guided missiles
Directable Infrared Countermeasure System For Airborne Use
BAE Systems has unveiled the Boldstroke directable infrared countermeasures suite, an integrated aircraft survivability system designed to protect aircraft from infrared-guided missiles and other evolving threats.

The Boldstroke DIRCM will be publicly displayed for the first time during the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Symposium in Washington, DC October 25 – 27.

“Helicopters are essential to mission success, but aircrews and the troops they carry must contend with a growing array of threats, particularly infrared-guided missiles and hostile fire,” said Dr Mark Hutchins, Boldstroke program manager. “To protect against these current and emerging threats, we’re applying our combat-proven technology, industry-leading experience, and customer commitment to the next-generation integrated aircraft survivability solution for the US Army’s Common Infrared Countermeasures requirement.”

The Boldstroke DIRCM, backed by BAE Systems' capability for end-to-end multispectral testing, is the next step in the evolution of aircraft survivability equipment. Boldstroke is a modular, lightweight, highly reliable, and low-cost directable infrared countermeasure suite. It uses modular open-system architecture and non-proprietary standard interfaces that support interchangeability and technology insertion. The Boldstroke DIRCM allows for direct and fiber coupling between the laser and pointer/tracker, providing installation flexibility to meet the size, weight, and power requirements of both light and heavy rotary-wing platforms.

The Boldstroke DIRCM is fully compatible with BAE Systems’ field-proven Common Missile Warning System and consists of flight-proven hardware and algorithms ready for low-risk transition to operational testing. Its compact pointer/tracker is based on a flight-tested gimbal design and advances laser technology to provide spectral diversity and power margin to address emerging threats. The system reduces A-Kit and B-Kit weight to maximize aircraft useful payload and increases weapon system availability, providing significant life-cycle cost savings.

“Modern and future threats to helicopters and other aircraft use multispectral capabilities to overcome countermeasures,” added Hutchins. “It’s imperative to integrate on-board multispectral sensors to detect, track, and defeat incoming missiles or hostile fire threats. Boldstroke more than meets these requirements for the next generation of aircraft survivability.”
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