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Hensoldt to equip German NH90 helicopters with protection systems

NH90 TTH (Janes/Paul Jackson)

Hensoldt will equip 82 NHIndustries NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) with its latest Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS), the company announced on 21 January.

After the integration phase of the AMPS, the helicopters will be equipped within the framework of Germany's TTH Operational Revision (THOR) programme from 2025.

According to the company, AMPS is a protection system that can detect missile, laser, and radar threats, while automatically triggering targeted countermeasures. In its most basic format, AMPS can identify the exhaust of an incoming projectile and automatically activate decoys to interfere with the missile.

At the 94th session of the Defence Committee, a project was approved for a sample installation of the Hensoldt AMPS-MLR Electronic Warfare System on the German NH90 TTH. Proof flights with the Kalaetron on the Sikorsky CH-53 Stallion helicopter were held at the Defence Technical Service Centre for Information Technology and Electronics in June 2020.

Following a competition, decision-makers at the service centre, Airbus Helicopters, and the Bundeswehr, concluded that the AMPS system “represented the most future-proof concept compared to the competitors”.

AMPS comprises “the missile launch detection sensor MILDS Block2, the passive laser warner ALTAS-2QB, the [radar warning receiver] Kalaetron, the AMPS Advanced Control and Display Unit (ACDU) as well as a Countermeasures Dispenser System”, stated the company. They added that it is the first time that the Kalaetron will be incorporated into AMPS.

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