47th INTERNATIONAL PARIS AIR SHOW
47e Salon International de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace
Paris Le Bourget - 18 - 24 June 2007
Chemring Stand No: B15a, Hall 3
United Kingdom, June 14, 2007 --[ASDWire]-- A UK headquartered Group, with subsidiaries across the UK, in a number of other EU countries and in the US, will exhibit at the bi-annual Paris Air Show this month to promote a range of products which includes a new countermeasures system with potentially global significance for the civil aviation industry.
Chemring Countermeasures announces new pyrophoric decoy for civil aircraft protection
Chemring Countermeasures, based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, is a key partner in a revolutionary new technology programme called CAMPS (Civil Aircraft Missile Protection System). The lightweight, integrated, self-protection system, which is designed to detect and defeat incoming hostile missile attacks on civilian airliners, has recently completed successful trials in South Africa.
CAMPS is a joint initiative between Chemring Countermeasures, Saab Avitronics and South Africa's Naturelink Aviation, a regional carrier which operates flights over hostile areas in Africa and the Middle East. The project began three years ago, following recognition of the growing threat posed by a proliferation of MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defence Systems) and the number believed to be in the hands of 'unauthorised' organisations.
Chemring Countermeasures has developed a revolutionary new pyrophoric, covert decoy for the CAMPS system. It differs from traditional flares in that it is invisible to the naked eye because it operates in the infra-red spectrums. Importantly, Chemring Countermeasures has also managed to overcome all the safety issues associated with the application of pyrotechnical decoys on a civilian aircraft.
Chemring Countermeasures describes the package as a combustible area decoy (CAD), which is a non-pyrotechnic device - that burns at a relatively low temperature. It is very safe to handle. The performance characteristics of the new decoy pack directly overcome airline carriers' objections to having flare or other pyrotechnic systems fitted to an aircraft.
CAMPS' new electro-mechanical dispensers for the system, which are positioned around the aircraft, discharge the new non-pyrotechnical type of IR decoy. In addition, the electro-mechanical dispensers are themselves intrinsically safe, as no pyrotechnics are used to light or eject the flares.
The dispensers are also silent and installed flush with the skin of the aircraft, to reduce drag. The sealed decoy packages activate only after deployment into a fast airstream, which opens the pack. It does not pose a fire risk - as the decoy simply heats when exposed to oxygen in the atmosphere. The system is thus deemed 'airline friendly' in countermeasures terms.
Civil aircraft are acknowledged to be at their most vulnerable during takeoff and landing manoeuvres and the company believes that, in due course, integrated CAMPS will become part of the standard inventory on most, if not all, airliners. With CAMPS, this period of greatest vulnerability is properly addressed.
At the Paris Air Show, Chemring Countermeasures also shows a range of its other decoy and flare products, impulse cartridges, chaff packages and naval countermeasures.
Alloy Surfaces wins US$ 20 million decoy contact for UK MoD
Chemring Group's US subsidiary, Alloy Surfaces, recently won a US $20 million contract to supply its ASD BOLIR Special Material Decoys (SMD) for the UK Royal Air Force. The contract, which brings Alloy Surfaces' order book to over US$ 160 million, allows for additional option quantities over the contract lifecycle.
At the Paris Air Show, Alloy Surfaces will exhibit its SMD products from its M211 and MJU series decoys, designed to protect fixed wing and rotorcraft against IR missile threats. Alloy Surfaces' proprietary decoys have unique properties of day and night visual covertness and in-band radiant output, which make them particularly well suited for modern warfare situations.
Based in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, the company is at the forefront of IR self-protection technology, providing leading edge SMD countermeasures to military forces throughout the world.
Kilgore shows innovation and flare
Completing Chemring Group's countermeasures-led presentation at the Paris Air Show is Kilgore, the Group's Tennessee based expendable decoy, pyrotechnic and ammunition products manufacturer.
Kilgore's industry leading, fully automated and high volume production systems for pressed, extruded and cast IR decoy flares ensure an unmatched level of quality and consistency. It is the sole source countermeasure decoy supplier to the F-22, F-35 and B-52 platforms. It also produces a wide range of other ordnance and small calibre, frangible ammunition products for military, enforcement and security agencies worldwide.
For the Air Show, the company is highlighting two new products - its 'EpiSafe' bomb attenuator, designed to enhance safety during the investigation and handling of possible improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and a 50 calibre low-light IR tracer round.
Note to Editors:
Chemring Group is a leading manufacturer and global supplier of military countermeasures, energetics and munitions, pyrotechnics, EOD and related products and services. It is a diversified and expanding international business, currently with facilities in the United Kingdom, other EU States, the US and Australia. Chemring Group companies employ over 2000 people, serving a worldwide customer base that includes prime contractors, military, homeland security and other specialised sectors. Visit www.chemring.co.uk
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