Advanced Sensors

Distributed Aperture IR Counter Measures (DAIRCM)
DAIRCM is an aircraft survivability system approach that utilizes a single sensor for both 2-color IR missile warning and a wide angle field of view gimbal for threat countermeasures. Additional capabilities of the system include Hostile Fire Indication (HFI), laser warning, and future application for Degraded Visual Environment. The DAIRCM system distributed sensors provide a 360-degree aircraft self-protection capability with a future situational awareness application.

Dual Mode Warning Sensor (DMWS)
The 2 Color Advanced Warning System (2C-AWS) sensor packages the Leonardo DRS 2 Color IR detector in the US Army’s AN/AAR-57 form factor. The sensor provides Missile Warning and hostile Fire Indication capability.

Leonardo DRS is providing the sensor as a sub-contractor to BAE for the U.S. Army’s Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) which provides 360 threat detection.
High Definition Long-Wave IR (HD LWIR) Sensor

The HD LWIR camera is a ruggedized designed sensor optimized to provide aircrews with situational awareness in a variety of environments.


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Laser Technology for Aircraft Protection

The defense and security market is focused on protecting those who protect us. Its specialized applications include directed infrared countermeasures, explosives detection, combat identification, pre-shot detection, precision targeting/marking, and free-space communications. DRS Daylight Solutions has leveraged its core technologies into modular, open system product architectures that provide rapid fielding of new capabilities in defense technology to stay ahead of the evolving threats to our nation.

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Aircraft Survivability Test Systems

On the factory production line, at depot or on the flight line
Operational and functional test requirements are quickly and cost effectively diagnosed with our on-aircraft End-to-End Test systems and antenna coupler sets.

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Aircraft survivability equipment tester

Aircraft Survivability Equipment Trainer (ASET)

ASET is a man-in-the-loop full-power (ERP) system with high-fidelity signal representation for tactical training for Army rotary-wing aircrews. While no longer in active production, Leonardo DRS continues to provide critical upgrades and support for the widely fielded system. This system was originally developed to mimic a soviet tactical air defense unit. It is upgradeable to reflect the newest tactical RF surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery threats.

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Aircraft survivability equipment trainer

SITREP Aircraft Protection Article
To Protect with Light

Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) is a revolutionary laser technology has the potential to have a profound, positive effect for military aircraft survivability.

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Quantum Cascade Laser Systems

Our QCL-based systems now form the basis for the next generation of DIRCM systems for the protection of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft against heat-seeking missiles.

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EW Threat Simulators

Giving pilots the right tools in training equals mission success in combat.

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