The natural enemies of fighter planes are undoubtedly various types of anti-aircraft missiles and air-to-air missiles, which can be described as spears in air combat. For decades, the air forces of various countries have been studying how to make fighter planes survive missile attacks. The development of the shield of the fighter.
Infrared jamming bombs can deal with some weapons that use infrared as terminal guidance, but they are powerless against attacks from other guidance modes. Furthermore, the jamming bombs have limited ammunition, which limits their ability to protect aircraft.
The Elbit Smart Missile Countermeasures system includes a missile warning radar and a directional laser emitter that points at incoming missiles and transmits a powerful optical signal that scrambles the missile seekers, thereby diverting them away from the aircraft being protected. The system operates automatically and autonomously – no crew involvement is required during engagements.
The adversarial dual-band lasers are placed in a hyper-hemispherical dome for maximum coverage. Each frequency band is independently programmable, and the entire system can accept user-defined jamming codes to meet user-specific requirements.
Missile early warning radar can also be used in conjunction with other countermeasures against radar-guided missiles. The open architecture solution can also integrate other missile warning systems (MWS) to meet customer requirements.
Elbit has received an order from the UAE to supply a smart missile countermeasure system to protect the country’s Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet.