Successful 1st Flight for BOL Countermeasures Dispensing System on F-18 in Finland
The Finnish Air Force has made a successful first flight of the BOL countermeasures dispensing system from defence- and security company Saab on the F-18 Hornet fighter.
The integration of the BOL countermeasures dispenser is part of Finnish Air Force Hornet Mid Life Upgrade 2 (MLU2) Program and Saab was awarded the contract for production and integration of the BOL countermeasures dispenser system in September 2009.
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The BOL Countermeasures Dispensing System from Saab protects the Aircraft against both heat-seeking and radar guided missiles and has proven superior performance. The BOL integration on the F-18’s dramatically increases the amount of countermeasure payload carried by each aircraft, significantly improving combat survivability.
The BOL system uses wingtip vortices to distribute the chaff- and IR payload, which greatly improves dispersion and the rapid formation of a protective cloud, while avoiding the need for pyrotechnics and making it quicker, easier and safer to load the system. Each BOL holds 160 chaff/IR packages, five times more than conventional pyrotechnical dispensers.
The BOL countermeasures dispenser system is in operational service on the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet, the UK Tornado, US Air Force/Air National Guard’s F-15 Eagle, EF-2000 Typhoon and the Gripen fighter.
Source : Saab AB (OMX Stockholm: SAAB B)