The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has contracted Terma to upgrade its Pylon Integrated Dispenser System, Universal (PIDSU) for its F-16 aircraft fleet.
The contract requires the company to upgrade the aircraft's current PIDSU with MIL-STD-1760 capability to PIDS+ with Flare-Up, and install a missile warning system.
The warning system is capable of detecting an incoming missile, and the Flare-Up dispenser system allows the PIDS+ pylon to dispense flares as a decoy.
The Flare-up dispensers are positioned so that they are fired diagonally downward, in order not to hit the wingtip-mounted missile.
Comprising a total of six sensors and one processor, the AAR-60(V)2 missile warning system provides the threat information to the Terma ALQ-213 electronic warfare management system in the cockpit.
According to the company, the sensors are installed in both the left-hand and right-hand pylon so they provide almost full spherical coverage, and the processor is installed in the right-hand pylon.
The ALQ-213 is said to select the most efficient dispense sequence, which it executes from the Flare-Up installation.
It can control and integrate any combination of sensors and countermeasures systems on any type of aircraft and make these subsystems work as one integrated system, Terma stated.
Terma is currently delivering Flare-Up kits for the US Air National Guard F-16.
The company has so far delivered electronic warfare solutions to more than 2,500 frontline fighter, transport, and rotary-wing aircraft.