Selex has successfully demonstrated its Miysis directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system’s capabilities as part of Nato Trial EMBOW XIV at Biscarrosse in France.

Installed onboard a French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) CASA-212 aircraft, the Miysis system autonomously acquired, tracked and jammed the trial test equipment on the ground during the flight trial, witnessed by 100 multi-national VIPs.

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Initial assessment of the results indicates that the system is capable of jamming the first, second and third- generation man portable air defence systems (MANPADS) using Nato jam codes.

The trial was supported by Airbus Defence & Security, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), which worked closely with Selex and provided substantial support prior to and during EMBOW XIV.

Launched at the 2013 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the Miysis is designed to safeguard fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters against a broad spectrum of advanced infrared (IR)-guided missiles and MANPADS in hostile environments.

"Miysis protects the aircraft and crew through accurate location and tracking of incoming missile threats"

Capable of operating independently as stand-alone equipment or as a base for a wider Defensive Aids System, Miysis protects the aircraft and crew through accurate location and tracking of incoming missile threats, and then destroys the missile with a modulated laser beam.

Equipped with a high power, multi-band laser that delivers accurate rapid-jamming energy to defeat IR threats, the system draws less power than other DIRCM systems, but offers the full spherical coverage required to counter advanced threats.

The system facilitates integration with in-service missile approach warners and defensive aids systems due to its modular open architecture design, and is designed to operate with a wide range of missile warning technologies.

Image: Miysis DIRCM system autonomously acquired, tracked and jammed the test equipment during the Nato Trial EMBOW XIV at Biscarrosse in France. Photo: © 2013 Selex ES S.p.A – A Finmeccanica Company.

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