November 17, 2021

Leonardo and Sabena technics partner to offer Miysis DIRCM

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Leonardo, a global hitech company, and French aircraft MRO services provider Sabena technics will team up to address the market for protected VVIP and military aircraft, with emphasis on the Middle Eastern, European and African sectors.

The two companies have at the Dubai Airshow 2021 signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect.

Under the agreement, Sabena technics will offer Leonardo’s Miysis DIRCM (Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure) to customers looking to modify and equip their aircraft with gold standard protection against infrared-guided missiles.

The threat to today’s aircraft transcends borders and traditional theatres of operations and is continually becoming more sophisticated and more lethal. To address technologically advanced systems, such as infrared guided missiles, there is a critical need to step up the traditional approach that previously used a cocktail of flares as countermeasures.

Miysis DIRCM works by shining a high-powered laser onto a missile’s targeting system, ‘dazzling’ it and forcing the missile away from its intended target. Extensive analysis and live fire trials by UK and international customers has confirmed that Miysis DIRCM can defeat 100% of incoming infrared missiles.

Designed and built in Edinburgh, UK, Miysis has already been delivered to the UK Armed Forces and a number of other NATO and non-NATO nations. Air Forces, Governmental and private aircraft owners in the Middle East and beyond will be able to benefit from the combination of Sabena technics’ in-house integration capabilities for their complex modification or upgrade projects and Leonardo’s proven Miysis DIRCM solution.

Philippe Rochet, CEO, Sabena technics said: “Thanks to our strong integration capability, we have carried out and certified Self Protection solutions modifications for various operators worldwide.”

Tony Innes, VP Sales Radar and Advanced Targeting, Leonardo, said: “Miysis DIRCM offers total protection against IR-guided missiles and we’re excited about this new channel through which aircraft owners and operators will be able to access this life-saving equipment.”

Miysis DIRCM is in full production and available today. Its UK design, manufacture and supply chain ensures that this highly advanced system is also readily exportable to customers in the Middle East and beyond.

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