Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE)

Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Detecting and defeating to improve aircraft survivability.

The threats never rest so neither can your Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE).

From advanced infrared detectors for early warning detection to next-generation Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL) for missile defeat, we help provide the best protection and awareness technologies available so our military can stay ahead of the threat.

Advanced Sensors

Distributed Aperture IR Counter Measures (DAIRCM)Distributed Aperture IR Counter Measures (DAIRCM)
DAIRCM is an aircraft survivability system approach that utilizes a single sensor for both 2-color IR missile warning and a wide angle field of view gimbal for threat countermeasures. Additional capabilities of the system include Hostile Fire Indication (HFI), laser warning, and future application for Degraded Visual Environment. The DAIRCM system distributed sensors provide a 360-degree aircraft self-protection capability with a future situational awareness application.


Dual Mode Warning Sensor (DMWS)Dual Mode Warning Sensor (DMWS)
The 2 Color Advanced Warning System (2C-AWS) sensor packages the Leonardo DRS 2 Color IR detector in the US Army’s AN/AAR-57 form factor. The sensor provides Missile Warning and hostile Fire Indication capability. Leonardo DRS is providing the sensor as a sub-contractor to BAE for the U.S. Army’s Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) which provides 360 threat detection.


Distributed Aperture Sensor (DAS)High Definition Long-Wave IR (HD LWIR) Sensor
The HD LWIR camera is a ruggedized designed sensor optimized to provide aircrews with situational awareness in a variety of environments.

SITREP Aircraft Protection Article
To Protect with Light

Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) is a revolutionary laser technology has the potential to have a profound, positive effect for military aircraft survivability.

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Aircraft Protection
Quantum Cascade Laser Systems

Our QCL-based systems now form the basis for the next generation of DIRCM systems for the protection of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft against heat-seeking missiles.

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aircraft survivability article
Leonardo DRS Sees Future in Survivability Systems

Leonardo DRS has developed a suite of aircraft survivability systems that the company believes represent a significant growth area.

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