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Solutions for Helicopters

Terma's Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) solution offers low cost, low risk, and combat proven solutions for rotary-wing aircraft.


Introduction

MASE offers the ideal self-protection solution against heat-seeking missiles for medium and large helicopter platforms while at the same time improving the pilot's situational awareness. The MASE solution is fielded on AH-64D, CH-47D/F, AS-532, EH-101, HH-60G, Mi17, and Mi24 platforms. 

For small and light helicopter platforms, Terma offers the Light Aircraft Survivability Equipment (LASE) concept which is a unique light-weight "stand-alone" system that enables non-complex integrations onto helicopter platforms and yet provides effective protection against threats from infrared guided missiles. LASE is offered with a compact dispenser solution tailored for any light helicopter utilizing either pod or scab-on concept.  

 

EH-101 (image courtesy: FLVFOT)

Benefits

Our Unique Pod Concept Supports Multi-Role Configurations
Based on specific operational and mission requirements, Terma's pod solution supports role-fit for e.g. tactical troop transport, combat support, Search and Rescue, as well as anti-submarine warfare.

Our Solutions are Lightweight and Cost-Effective
We strive to deliver lightweight solutions that offer the most effective self-protection solution for the specific aircraft. The ALQ-213 controller family is based on a modular concept tailored for light, medium and large helicopter platforms. The advantages of a pod solution as compared to a fuselage mounted solution are lower cost, faster implementation, and more flexibility, because pods can be rotated within the fleet.

Commonality across Fleet
Both our pod solutions and the ALQ-213 products can be used across fleets using the same hardware and software architecture. This reduces lifetime support costs significantly.

"Best in Class" Survivability Solutions
We have more than 25 years of experience in optimizing Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment positions to provide the most efficient 360 degree coverage. We perform extensive analysis for the specific aircraft platform to optimize the installation of countermeasures and Electronic Warfare (EW) sensors to obtain optimal self-protection coverage.

Apache AH-64D

Functionality

Pod Concept
The LASE/MASE pod solutions are based on a number of standardized modules dedicated to a number of different defensive aids subsystems. The pod contains forward and aft missile warning sensors, forward firing flare magazines, and lateral flare dispenser magazines. All modules are mechanically interchangeable, which enables future upgrades simply by replacing the affected modules; for instance the pod interface/lateral Countermeasure Dispenser System (CMDS) module may be replaced by a Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) module just as Hostile Fire Indicator (HFI), Laser Warning Receiver (LWR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), and/or Electronic Countermeasure (ECM) systems may be added.

The LASE/MASE Electronic Warfare Suite is controlled and integrated by Terma's AN/ALQ-213(V) Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS) and typically consists of a Missile Warning System (MWS), e.g. AAR-60 including Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and Terma's Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System (ACMDS) which in a typical configuration caters for 120 1x1x8 pr 60 2x128 standard NATO payloads.

Operating LASE/MASE
The EWMS can be operated in full automatic mode where optimum dispense programs are automatically initiated to counter threats detected by the sensor system(s), but can also be operated in manual and semi-automatic mode. Consolidated EW display information may either be provided on the Terma threat display or on the aircraft's multifunctional displays. The EWMS furthermore provides extensive embedded training capabilities including simulated MWS/RWR performance, also for simulation of non-installed EW-subsystems, virtual multi-threat scenarios, simulated countermeasures, and recording of pilot response. 

Terma provides "best in class" survivability solutions