Leonardo has been awarded a contract to provide its Miysis Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) for an unspecified Middle Eastern government customer’s new VVIP transport aircraft.
Miysis will be installed on a Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft, the first of its type to be selected by a government customer.
The Miysis DIRCM will provide complete spherical protection for the aircraft and, uniquely for a system of its size, is able to output more than enough laser energy to protect the Global 7500 aircraft from infrared-guided missile threats.
The aircraft is expected to enter service in 2022. Miysis is well-suited for installation on other Bombardier aircraft in the Challenger and Global families.
Miysis DIRCM works by shining a high-powered laser onto an incoming missile’s targeting system, dazzling it and guiding the missile away from the aircraft, quickly.
It can defend against multiple, simultaneous incoming missiles and the latest generation of shoulder-launched infrared threats known as Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS).
Miysis DIRCM has been independently verified to have a 100% success rate, with U.K. and international customers conducting extensive analysis and live fire trials.
Miysis is the smallest, lightest and most power-efficient DIRCM system on the market. It is suitable for a wide range of aircraft and can operate as a standalone DIRCM system in concert with a missile warning system or can integrate with a range of defensive aid suites.