Protection Systems Air
Rheinmetall offers a wide range of high-effective active and passive protection solutions.
Rheinmetall develops highly efficient spectrally balanced decoys, array flares and spot flares for protecting carrier aircrafts, helicopters and jets from modern infrared surface-to-air and air-to-air guided missiles. Crisis reaction forces can use these decoys, for example, as can civil aviation operators.
Furthermore Rheinmetall develops passive system solutions for protecting from ballistic threats by applying the latest modular composite technologies.
Array Flare DM 69 A2 Spectrally Balanced IR Decoy
The DM69A2 array flare is a spectrally balanced infrared 1 x 2" decoy especially designed for the protection of transport airplanes, helicopters and jets. A short reaction time and controlled separation combined with high radiant intensity render the DM69A2 eminently suitable for protection against modern SAMs/AAMs with IR seeker heads, including those with 2-colour ratio discrimination. The effectiveness of the DM69A2 is seeker tested and operationally proven.
Bi-spectral IR decoy Birdie 118 and 218
The Birdie flares are specially balanced infrared (IR) decoys available in the calibres 1 x 1 x 8" and 2 x 1 x 8". The flare is designed for protection of any kind of helicopters, transport aircraft and jets. Through replication of the aircraft signature in the mid-wave infrared Birdie perfectly decoys modern surface-to-air missiles (SAM) and air-to-air missiles (AAM) with 2-colour ratio discrimination. The effectiveness of Birdie is seeker tested and operationally proven.
Next generation Array Flare Cirrus 118
Cirrus 118 is the next generation of the DM69 A2 array flare with improved effectiveness, especially suitable for low and slow flying A/C like transporters and helicopters.
Helicopter Armour Protection
Rheinmetall Chempro provides light weight protection for helicopters based e.g. on composite material. The protection components can include the cockpit protection, floor protection, side protection, lateral protection, seat protection and protection of other vital parts. Projects like for the NH 90 and Tiger were realized according to STANAG 4569 and customer specifications.
Military Object Protection VERHA-Air
One of the greatest challenges for modern armies is equipping vehicles, helicopters and ships with the maximum possible protection while keeping additional weight to a minimum. VERHA-Air (Versatile Rheinmetall Armour) is made of various materials tested for its suitability for military use, such as individually coated aramid, high performance polyethylene and glassfibre. Against higher threat levels these materials can be combined with various kinds of ballistic ceramics for optimum security and optimum mobility.