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RNLAF F-16s receive missile warning and flare upgrade

01 March 2017

Key Points

  • 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.

The Flare Up kit adds downward-canted IR flare dispensers into the PIDS+ pylon. (Terma)The Flare Up kit adds downward-canted IR flare dispensers into the PIDS+ pylon. (Terma)

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.

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