Missile warning integration and Flare-up
Terma has signed a new contract for Missile Warning integration and Flare-Up for the Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s. By upgrading their current Pylon Integrated Dispenser System, Universal (PIDSU) with MIL-STD-1760 capability to PIDS+ with Flare-up, the Dutch Air Force aims to achieve two goals: the missile warning system will detect an incoming missile and the Flare-up dispenser system will allow the PIDS+ pylon to dispense flares to decoy the missile.
The Missile Warning installation comprises a total of six sensors and one processor. Three 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 AAR-60(V)2 provides the threat information to the Terma ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System in the cockpit. The ALQ-213 selects the most efficient dispense sequence which it executes from the Flare-Up installation – also in the PIDS+ pylon.
In the Flare-up solution, the dispensers are angled so that they are fired diagonally downward, in order not to hit the wingtip-mounted missile. Terma is currently delivering Flare-Up kits for U.S. Air National Guard F-16.