Launched in June 2019 during the Paris Air Show, the MAIR — Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (system) — provides to the aircraft crew a 360° missile warning coverage. The system has just performed a test on a helicopter.
Following its launch in June at the Paris Air Show, Leonardo has successfully 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. Leonardo's 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. During the test, the MAIR was able to record data throughout the flight. Further flights will now take place to verify the MAIR’s full suite of modes.
While the testbed aircraft being used for this trial campaign is a rotary-wing platform, MAIR is platform-agnostic and can also be integrated on fixed-wing combat aircraft as well as larger transport and surveillance aircraft. As well as providing situational awareness, MAIR can boost survivability by automatically cueing protective measures such as the Company’s Miysis Directed Infra-Red CounterMeasure (DIRCM) system in response to threats. In this scenario, MAIR would detect, track, classify and declare if an incoming missile is a threat and then pass the information to Miysis, which would then defeat the missile by shining a laser precisely onto its seeker, steering the missile away from the host aircraft.