NH90 helicopters to be equipped with hostile fire indicator system

DENMARK. Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against infrared-seeking missiles. The study pointed out the Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) system as the preferred choice giving the best compromise between improved self-protection, mission/aircraft compatibility, cost, and fleet commonality.

Photo courtesy of Terma.

The MASE installation is based on the MASE concept consisting of the Terma ALQ-213 electronic warfare controller, a modular self-protection Pod equipped with Hensoldt MILDS-F Missile Warning System (MWS), and the latest generation Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System from Terma.

Terma was also contracted for installation of Hostile Fire Indicator System (HFI) to protect the aircraft against small arms fire. This additional capability is integrated into the MASE system based on data provided by the missile warning sensors.

The Pod is mounted on a dedicated carrier for threat detection and countermeasures dispensing without compromising other NH90 capabilities. Control and operation of the system is provided through the electronic warfare management system ALQ-213.