EADS Defence Electronics, ULM, Germany: EADS Defence Electronics has successfully conducted first ground tests with its missile launch detection sensor MILDS-F on a Royal Danish Airforce F-16.
As reported by EADS on Wednesday, the objective of the tests was to prove that MILDS-F can be integrated into the F-16 Electronic Warfare System and furthermore to collect neccessary data for the MILDS-F software adaptation to the environmental conditions on F-16 aircraft. Successful results were achieved in both parking position and taxiing the aircraft. Stimulation of the sensors caused corresponding indications on the Advanced Threat Display in the cockpit of the testbed aircraft. As the next milestone in the project, flight tests with MILDS-F installed on the testbed F-16 are planned in the first half of this year.
The Royal Danish Air Force in July 2004 had awarded EADS Defence Electronics (DE) a contract for the delivery of 30 Systems AN/AAR-60 (V)2 MILDS-F to be installed on the Danish F-16 fleet in order to protect the aircraft especially against electro-optically guided surface-to-air missiles which cannot be detected by the aircrafts' radar warning system.