US: Exelis has signed a teaming agreement with Airbus Group to provide advanced missile warning capabilities for US and international F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Capabilities include lightweight protection against short-range air defense missiles and man-portable air defense systems. Under the agreement, Exelis is the lead US contractor for the AAR-60(V)2 Missile Launch Detection System for Fighters (MILDS F). The agreement ensures customers will have access to the best system affordability, availability and supportability for US F-16 missile warning requirements.
MILDS F, an Airbus Defense and Space system, is optimised for installation on Terma’s PIDS+ (Pylon Integrated Dispenser System Plus). It is the only missile warning system that is cleared to fly on board the F-16 platform through the US Air Force’s Seek Eagle aircraft stores certification process. Its commercial-off-the-shelf status presents an attractive and low-risk option for US F-16 operators, including the US Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
The MILDS F system will join a suite of other Exelis electronic protection technologies designed to enable domestic and international customers to perform their critical missions.