Atlanta April 28, 2016 - The continuing threat of terrorism around the globe and the ever-changing technology of surface-to-air missiles have created a greater demand of directed infra-red (IR) countermeasure (DIRCM) systems and the flexibility to protect all aircraft. Terma’s Universal DIRCM Pod (UDP) provides operators flexibility to transfer IR-countermeasure systems and Missile Warning systems (MWS) across aircraft and among fleet, and hence greatly reduces equipment costs.
A proven leader in airborne structures and with over 40 years of experience, Terma has worked with rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft operators and OEMs to develop and certify modular airborne structures (e.g. Apache AH-64, Chinook CH-47, Mil MI-17, IOMAX Archangel, NH-90 and C-130 to include a few).
The UDP comes from a long history and pedigree of structures internationally recognized, such as the Apache Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (AMASE) pod and the Chinook Aircraft Survivability Equipment (CHASE) pod. This pod structure houses the complete DIRCM suite, including laser turret, electronics and Missile Warning System (MWS) sensors in a small, lightweight and rigid structure – just under 40 lbs. per structure.
As proven by Terma on several platforms/programs, the pod implementation minimizes the aircraft installation/certification by e.g. utilizing existing hard-points and is therefore ideal for low-cost and rapid fielding of missionized roll-on/roll-off capabilities such as DIRCM/sensors.
Adina Cherry, Vice-President, Terma Airborne Systems explained: “Giving customers the option and flexibility to transfer IR countermeasure and MWS equipment across aircraft not only enables protection when it is needed, but also yields cost and time savings to the operator.”