IDF develops active missile-shield for helicopters (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 04/27/12)
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The military has initiated plans to develop a protective shield for
its helicopters amid concern that shoulder-to-air missiles will be
fired in large numbers at Israel Air Force aircraft in a future war.
The new system – Fliker – is under contract by Rafael Advanced
Defense Systems and successfully intercepted a rocket- propelled
grenade in its first test recently.
Fliker is designed to serve as the second layer of defense for
helicopters and will be activated when automatic flares fail to
divert an incoming missile.
Fliker’s unique launcher can rotate in the direction of missile
projection and fire an interceptor in defense. The interceptor is
designed to minimize debris and thereby reduce the risk that shrapnel
will hit and damage the aircraft.
In recent years and in the face of a similar threat, the IAF has
modified its flight plans over the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon
due to intelligence reports that both Hamas and Hezbollah have
obtained a significant number of shoulder- to-air missiles.
Hamas, for example, is believed to possess a significant number of
Russian-designed shoulder-fired missiles, obtained from Iran and
Hezbollah has many shoulder- to-air missiles, according to the IAF.
Israel is also concerned about reports that the organization might
have the SA-8 – a Russian tactical mobile truck that offers a surface-
to-air missile system with a range of 30 kilometers.
During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hezbollah shot down a Yasour
(Sikorsky CH- 53) transport helicopter in Lebanon, killing its crew.
The Defense Ministry considered using the Trophy active protection
system, which is installed on Merkava Mk 4 tanks in order to deflect
The Trophy system, however, was found to be incompatible with
helicopters since it fires off a cloud of countermeasures that could
damage the aircrafts’ rotors. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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