C4iSR: Air

USN seeks hard-kill aircraft self-protection systems

09 May 2018

Recognising the threat of increasingly lethal and survivable long-range missiles, the US Navy (USN) has commenced studies on novel hard-kill platform self-protection systems as an adjunct or alternative to more conventional electronic countermeasures and/or soft-kill decoy devices.

In a Request for Information (RFI) released on 3 May, the Naval Air Systems Command Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD’s0) Aircraft Combat Survivability Division – under the auspices of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) – has requested industry to provide white papers on Hard Kill Self Protection Countermeasure System (HKSPCS) concepts to protect widebody aircraft and, potentially, unmanned aerial vehicles. The scope of the RFI suggests a focus on a miniature air-to-air missile or projectile.

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