Multiple Aperture Infra-Red system showcased in first test flightNews
September 05, 2019
ITALY. Leonardo has conducted the first test flight of its Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (MAIR) system, which provides crews with spherical missile warning, Hostile Fire Indication (HFI), day and night imaging and Infra-Red Search, and Track (IRST) functionality.
The MAIR system has been installed on a testbed helicopter and departed from La Spezia on the coast of Italy on a round-trip flight path, which took it past nearby Genova.
MAIR works by using a series of distributed Infra-Red (IR) sensors to provide complete spherical coverage for aircraft crews.
According to the company, in its missile warning mode, MAIR is able to detect incoming missiles and differentiate them from other heat sources, delivering detection and early warning with a low false alarm rate, even in cluttered environments.