Leonardo’s MAIR system moves into production

Leonardo has announced that its Multi Aperture InfraRed (MAIR) threat warning system has gone into series production, with manufacturing underway on an initial batch for installation on a number of platforms including the Italian Army’s AW169M-based Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).

The move follows a trials campaign to prove system effectiveness, with deliveries for the LUH programme due to start in 2022. The MAIR system is a distributed aperture threat warning capability which fuses data from between four and six infrared cameras to detect and track incoming threats via their heat signatures.

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Leonardo's MAIR system will be fitted to Italy's Light Utility Helicopter platform, among others. Leonardo

As an optional extra, Leonardo stated that customers can choose to include an image processor module that can deliver full day and night imaging to improve situational awareness and supporting navigation and landing. The additional module also provides a full mission data recording capability.

In a September 1 release Leonardo stated that MAIR offers advantages in terms of response time and tracking accuracy over legacy UltraViolet systems currently in service.

In addition, while InfraRed threat warning systems are relatively new in the market the company stated that it had been able to draw on experience in providing IR search and track sensors for combat aircraft such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen E.

The MAIR system can be installed as a stand-alone threat warning system or integrated with countermeasures as part of a wider aircraft platform protection system on board a helicopter, troop transport, VIP aircraft or unmanned air system.