The armed forces have recognised the increasing threat to their tactical aircraft from anti-aircraft infrared guided missiles.
By one estimate more than 500,000 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles exist and are available on the worldwide market. A high percentage of the aircraft losses in current and recent conflicts were from groundbased defensive systems using IR SAMS. The threat of passive anti-aircraft missiles is evident. They are an undeniable danger to the aircrew and the aircraft.
To cope with this threat, HENSOLDT developed the Missile Launch Detection System AN/AAR-60, known as MILDS. Its original configuration is qualified for installation on-board a wide variety of tactical rotary-wing and wide-body aircraft including NH-90, Tiger, UH-60, CH-47, C-130 and P-3. With more than 7,000 sensors sold so far, MILDS has earned a worldwide reputation for reliability and effectiveness.