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Airbus DS teams with Korean company for missile warning system

Airbus Defense and Space has partnered with a Korean firm for local production of a missile warning system for use on Korea's new Surion helicopters.

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Richard Tomkins
A prototype of South Korea's new Surion helicopter. Photo: Korea Aerospace Industries.
A prototype of South Korea's new Surion helicopter. Photo: Korea Aerospace Industries.

MUNICH, Germany, March 19 (UPI) -- South Korea's new Surion military helicopters are to be equipped with advanced missile warning systems from Airbus DS and Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd.

Airbus Defense and Space said that under a recently signed cooperation agreement, Huneed Technologies will produce the core electronic components of Airbus Defense and Space's Missile Launch Detection System, or MILDS, which is being supplied for the Surion.

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"Airbus Defence and Space follows a dedicated globalization and partnership strategy in a wider perspective", said Thomas Muller, head of the Electronics Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space. "We are convinced that a close cooperation with local industries creates additional value for our customers."

Airbus DS had been awarded several contracts by Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration and Korea Aerospace Industries to develop and locally manufacture the missile warning system for the Surion based on its MILDS system.

Airbus DS' MILDS is a passive, high-resolution imaging sensor that detects the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. It is in service with the Royal Danish Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

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