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Israeli firm Bird Aerosystems has won a contract to provide missile warning technology for the Czech Air Force’s Mi-17 transport helicopter fleet.

The contract will see BIRD Aerosystems provide additional airborne missile protection system (AMPS)-MV systems with the patented missile approach confirmation sensor (MACS).

MACS is a ‘semi-active confirmation radar’ that significantly reduces the ‘false alarm rate’ of the overall missile warning system.

Bird Aerosystems said that the project is part of the overall modernisation of the Czech Mi-17 fleet.

BIRD Aerosystems co-chief executive officer and founder Ronen Factor said: “We appreciate the confidence placed in our AMPS solution by the Czech Air Force, who decided to purchase additional systems for its Mi-17 fleet.

“Equipped with BIRD’s AMPS-MV solution with the MACS sensor, they can rest assured knowing that their aircraft and crew are safe even when flying in automatic mode in the most complicated conflict zones.”

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The company’s AMPS are already operational on the Czech Mi-17 fleet.

These airborne missile protection systems have been deployed across different conflict zones, including Afghanistan.

The latest contract comes after the Israeli firm conducted an ‘overall upgrade to the Czech’s existing AMPS systems’ earlier this year.

According to BIRD Aerosystems, the upgrade provided enhanced functionality to the MILDS UV detection sensors and the multifunction control and display unit (MCDU) mission computers.

BIRD Aerosystems’ AMPS systems with the MACS sensor is designed to detect and validate only real threats.

BIRD Aerosystem claims that its AMPS provides the ‘most enhanced protection’ for military and civilian aircraft against all surface to air missiles (SAM).

The company’s AMPS-MV with the MACS sensor is provided as a ‘turnkey solution that includes installation design, installation, integration, certification, and support’. It is also certified by major aircraft manufacturers.