Scottish engineers have been awarded a £2m R&D Plus grant to develop new technology that will help protect aircraft from terrorist attacks.
The announcement, made yesterday by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen, will see SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (S&AS) develop the next generation of Directional Infra Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems.
The project will enable the company, which is headquartered in
DIRCM systems can detect when missiles have been launched and whether they pose a threat to aircraft, before warning the crew of any plane which may be under attack and activating a high-power, countermeasure system to track and defeat the threat.
SELEX S&AS co-developed the first generation of DIRCM systems for the military sector with partner company Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC).