C4iSR: Air

USAF deploys ‘urgent need’ helicopter protection systems from Leonardo DRS

18 March 2020

The HH-60G Pave Hawk CSAR helicopter has been equipped with an urgent need protection system supplied by Leonardo DRS. Source: US Air Force

The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopters fitted with an urgent need protection system supplied by Leonardo DRS.

The US-based subsidiary of the Italian company announced on 18 March that the USAF had for the first time used operationally an HH-60G fitted with the AN/AAQ-45(V) Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure (DAIRCM) system fitted under a Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement (JUONS).

According to Leonardo DRS, the AN/AAQ-45(V) DAIRCM has been developed by the company's Airborne & Intelligence Systems, Daylight Solutions, and Electro-Optical & Infrared Systems business units.

As previously noted by Jane's, the AN/AAQ-45(V) DAIRCM is an aircraft survivability system that combines missile detection, hostile fire indication, and situational awareness with a missile defeat capability that tracks and jams incoming threats.

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