Land Based Aircraft Protection System
Vigilant Eagle airport protection system was designed by Raytheon
Company to protect aircraft from the threat of shoulder-fired missiles.
The system aims a focused, precisely steered beam of electromagnetic
energy at a missile that could threaten aircraft traffic near the
airport, causing the missile to abort its intercept course. The system
can protect all aircraft flying at the airport protected vicinity.
Vigilant Eagle consists of a distributed missile detect and track
system, a command and control system and the active electronically
scanned array, which is a billboard-size array of highly efficient
antennas linked to solid state amplifiers that provide the beam that
diverts the missile. Raytheon claims that ground-based systems such as
their Vigilant Eagle provide anti-MANPADS protection for a fraction of
the cost of airborne systems being developed. Vigilant The system will
have far lower false alarm rate than other systems and uses proven,
mature technologies. "Raytheon's Vigilant Eagle defeats man-portable
missiles in seconds without any alteration to or involvement by the
aircraft using the airport," said Mike Booen, vice president of Directed
Energy Weapons at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz.
Raytheon Company will demonstrate the ability the system under a US$4.1
million demonstration funded by the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) The program has an additional priced option for an $1.2 million.
Raytheon will implement the system in a unique
interoperability test bed, to be located at a site determined by DHS.
The test should validate the system's capability to defeat MANPADS, as
an initial step to implement counter-MANPADS to
protect flights at airports.