BAE Systems has placed an order with Saab for the development of a new pyrotechnic smart self-protection system for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to defeat radar- and IR-guided threats.
The order is part of a framework agreement with BAE Systems consisting of development, production, support and future sales of the Smart Dispenser System (SDS), a pyrotechnic smart self-protection system for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Typhoons and future Eurofighter opportunities.
“This new smart dispenser system provides a significant increase in self-protection capability to defeat modern threats by dispensing optimised countermeasure sequences and directions. SDS will significantly enhance the combat survivability of the Eurofighter Typhoon”, says Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance. “Saab´s electromechanical self-protection system BOL has been in use on Eurofighter since its inception, and we are now looking forward to strengthening the platform’s countermeasure capability through SDS.”
SDS is part of Saab´s BOP family of pyrotechnic countermeasure dispensers and is the latest generation. Saab is to complete development and integration work of SDS at its site in Järfälla, Sweden in the 2020 timeframe.
Saab counter-measure dispensing technologies have also been fitted on RAF aircraft such as the Harrier, Tornado and Typhoon.