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Indra’s InShield has been selected to provide infrared countermeasure protection against surface-to-air missile attacks to Spain’s A400M aircraft.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense’s €4m contract for the characterisation and verification of its first unit will run until 2018.

Installation of the system will begin next year, following exhaustive testing and evaluation.

Indra’s InShield will protect aircraft from attacks by short-range heat-seeking missiles, such as manpads.

Activated by the aircraft’s detection system, the Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) solution targets the head of the missile, where the guiding sensor is located.

A laser beam confuses the guidance system and diverts the missile from its trajectory, according to Indra.

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"Indra’s InShield will protect aircraft from attacks by short-range heat-seeking missiles, such as manpads."

The InShield can detect and divert multiple missiles simultaneously.

The countermeasure system’s capabilities were validated during its maiden flight onboard an INTA aircraft.

Indra said that it completed a number of successful tests, including Nato’s so-called EMBOW trials, to evaluate the solution’s capabilities for protecting air platforms.

In 2011, the company carried out a series of tests with the support of the French General Directorate for Armament (DGA), which included more than 130 trials, 20 hours of in-flight operations, and 5,000 exercises.

Image: Indra’s InShield system will protect Spanish A400M aircraft from surface-to-air missile attacks. Photo: courtesy of Indra.