This award funds the third phase of the DHS counter-MANPADS
program’s research development activity. The current phase
will not test the system’s missile-defeating capability,
a task already demonstrated in an earlier phase of the program.
The JETEYE missile defense systems will be installed on up to
three American Airlines aircraft. The DHS counter-MANPADS program
is designed to commercialize proven military technology and
gauge its suitability for protecting U.S. commercial aircraft
by evaluating its performance, impact on aerodynamic drag, weight,
reliability, maintainability, and system cost.
The JETEYE system is based on BAE Systems’ existing directable
infrared countermeasures technology, used to protect military
aircraft. With this award, JETEYE will be the only system installed
on both cargo and passenger aircraft.
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