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Saab Group has launched a new countermeasures self protection pod, BOH, which can be incorporated into any fixed wing aircraft for defeating all modern infra-red-guided threats.
The modular multiconfigurable BOH employs Saab’s BOL countermeasures dispenser system (CMDS) and compact integrated defensive aids suite (CIDAS) into the shape of a missile.
The BOH pod features a missile approach warning system (MAW), pyrotechnical dispenser, controller and electromechanical dispenser modules.
The BOL CMDS enables countermeasure dispensing characterisation with its long duration pre-emptive dispensing capability, while Saab’s BOP dispenser is designed to provide forward firing flare capability to the BOH.
CIDAS is the small and light weight electronic warfare (EW) system variant featuring electro-optical sensors and a smaller controller, to provide self-defence in diverse and dense threat scenarios.
The BOL and CIDAS capabilities are incorporated in the form of a missile using AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAM interfaces and are supported by the missile approach warning and laser sensors mounted in the front end for automatic trigger dispensing action.
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The interfaces allow the BOH installation in place of a missile on a mission-to-mission basis to assist the operator in selecting missiles or additional EW equipment for carrying in the BOH form-factor.
The BOH integration with MIL-STD-1553 or RS-485 data links allows the adaptation to other displays and control means while the wireless technology implementation makes integration much simpler.
Saab’s business area Electronic Defence Systems product manager Christer Zatterqvist said that simple integration allows rotation of a limited number of BOH between the aircraft or its types.
The prototype of BOH will be displayed at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2011in Malaysia.
Image caption: BOL advanced counter measure dispenser enables countermeasure dispensing characterisation with its long duration pre-emptive dispensing capability.