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HENSOLDT and Airbus Helicopters have in a long-term framework agreement to supply airborne self-protection systems (AMPS Airborne Missile Protection System) agreed. The contract has an initial term of ten years without an agreed minimum amount.

The first - recently received - order includes the delivery of 20 AMPS complete systems for military helicopters H145M starting later this year.

AMPS is a modular system that the customer can configure according to his requirements. HENSOLDT currently offers AMPS in two standard configurations for different applications. Standard components include MILDS (Missile Launch Detection System), the uprated MILDS block 2 and the ACDU (Advanced Control and Display Unit).

MILDS consists of four to six passive imaging sensors that detect incoming missiles over their jet exhaust and show direction of approach and maximum warning time as an alarm.

The framework agreement also provides for a gradual expansion of additional equipment before and thus creates the framework for the expansion of the systems and functionalities. Since the system can theoretically be used on all Airbus Helicopters platforms, thus considerable synergy effects can be achieved.

HENSOLDTs AMPS is already flying on the Airbus Helicopters platforms H225M and H135M. Next the AMPS M initial project was carried out very successfully on the H145M. After the performance of the system was demonstrated for a further demonstration campaigns, including the first H145M platforms other end users were successfully equipped with the AMPS.

Gerhard Heiming