Aerial Warfare

Hensoldt Equips Ukrainian Armed Forces Helicopters with Self-Protection Sensor Technology

AMPS (Airborne Missile Protection System) sensor solutions
AMPS (Airborne Missile Protection System) sensor solutions. (Photo by Hensoldt)

Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is equipping helicopters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with state-of-the-art detection and self-protection sensor technology. The order comprises 16 AMPS (Airborne Missile Protection System) sensor solutions. The order value is in the double-digit million range. With the delivery, HENSOLDT is providing the Ukrainian armed forces with modern equipment required by current events. The Czech system integrator LOM PRAHA is planned as the equipping company. A high percentage of aircraft losses in recent operational areas were caused by infrared surface-to-air missiles (IR SAMs). In addition, laser and radar threats are becoming more common in operational areas. To reliably detect these threats, AMPS can be configured with missile, laser and radar warning systems to provide the best possible protection through rapid detection. HENSOLDT already protects more than 2,000 different flying platforms with AMPS.

With the delivery of AMPS, we are ensuring an increase in the defence capability of the Ukrainian helicopters,” says Tanya Altmann, Division Manager Optronics & Land Solutions and Managing Director of HENSOLDT Optronics GmbH. “By integrating onto this platform for the first time, we are protecting crews from a wide range of threats, especially surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles.”

The Airborne Missile Protection System is a flexible, self-contained self-protection system for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Its modular design allows AMPS to be easily configured to specific operational requirements and for different mission profiles. Parts of the “AMPS” sensor solution are the Missile Launch Detection Sensor (MILDS), an Advanced Control and Display Unit (ACDU) and the Active Acknowledgement System (MACS), which determines the range and speed of detected missiles and eliminates false alarms. The existing Counter Measure Dispensing Systems (CMDS) on the helicopters can continue to operate with the current AMPS configuration.

HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,500 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2022. HENSOLDT is listed in the MDAX of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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