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BIRD sees strong demand for its aircraft protection system upgrade

24 October 2016

The Israeli company BIRD Aerosystems is upgrading the Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) it has already sold to several customers by installing a radar sensor that will significantly improve its performance against man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), a company representative told IHS Jane's.

The upgrade involves installing the company's Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) on aircraft that are already fitted with AMPS, according to Shaul Mazor, vice-president for marketing and business and development at BIRD.

Mazor said the addition of MACS, which was introduced to the market in 2015, reduces the false alarm rate to "practically zero".

AMPS was developed with Airbus Defense and Space and is marketed by both companies.

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