Swedish Anti Air Missile Counter Measures for Boeing & Airbus Aircraft

Sweden has unvield a new anti air missile counter measures for boeing & airbus commercial airliner aircraft. CAMPS CIVIL AIRCRAFT MISSILE PROTECTION SYSTEM. Preparing for the unexpected.

Safety is a primary concern of every aircraft owner and operator. MANPADS (Man-Portable Air-Defence Systems) represent a prime example of threats to civil aviation in certain areas.

The solution is called CAMPS (Civil Aircraft Missile Protection System), an intelligent system that can help you counter and combat MANPADS attacks – decisively and effectively. Saab provides full end-to-end support for your fleet, including a customised system design, installation and full responsibility for all certification procedures.

Fully compliant with the Wassenaar Arrangement regulations, and with EASA certification pending, CAMPS is excluded from the military products listing thus allowing aircraft with the system installed unrestricted operational freedom within and between different countries.


MANPADS have the potential to create havoc and cause injury and fatality. The result may be a multi-million loss of assets and transport-related revenues with possible knock-on effects for national economies. CAMPS is an effective self-defence measure that enables you to significantly reduce and counter this threat, protect your capital assets, and ultimately retain customer confidence.


The concept behind CAMPS is that the Missile Approach Warning sensors detect UV-light emitted from the missile plume and process the data received to determine the missile’s Angle of Arrival.

An optimum time is calculated for the Countermeasures dispensing of decoys and this is relayed by the Control Unit to the dispenser to initiate a dispense sequence predefined by a range of parameters, including the number of decoys and time intervals within the sequence.

Upon entering the free air stream, the decoy is opened up by aerodynamic forces acting on a built-in opening device. CAMPS further distinguishes itself by virtue of an inherent capacity to track up to eight missiles launched simultaneously.

Fully autonomous, CAMPS takes effective action against incoming threats without any interaction from the pilot.


System parts

CAMPS comprises four main parts:
The MAW-300 Missile Approach Warning system
The Electronic Controller Unit (ECU)
The BOA Civil Dispenser System
The CIV-IR Decoys
A simple Control & Display panel mounted in the cockpit is used by the crew to power, arm and test the system.

Incorporating four MAW-300 UV sensors and the MAW controller (within the ECU), the Missile Approach Warning system provides rapid, accurate detection and tracking data of approaching missiles.

The system can even be complemented with an additional sensor to obtain hemispherical coverage.


Mapping. Real beam and high resolution SAR
Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI)
Ground Moving Target Tracking (GMTT)
Sea surface search and tracking
Air-to-ground ranging
ECM immunity
Weather Mapping mode

A flare or decoy flare is an aerial infrared countermeasure used by a plane or helicopter to counter an infrared homing (“heat-seeking”) surface-to-air missile or air-to-air missile. Flares are commonly composed of a pyrotechnic composition based on magnesium or another hot-burning metal, with burning temperature equal to or hotter than engine exhaust. The aim is to make the infrared-guided missile seek out the heat signature from the flare rather than the aircraft‘s engines.

In contrast to radar-guided missiles, IR-guided missiles are very difficult to find as they approach aircraft. They do not emit detectable radar, and they are generally fired from a rear visual-aspect, directly toward the engines. In most cases, pilots have to rely on their wingmen to spot the missile’s smoke trail and alert them. Since IR-guided missiles are inherently far shorter-legged in distance and altitude range than their radar-guided counterparts, good situational awareness of altitude and potential threats continues to be an effective defense. More advanced electro-optical systems can detect missile launches automatically from the distinct thermal emissions of a missile’s rocket motor.

Once the presence of a “live” IR missile is indicated, flares are released by the aircraft in an attempt to decoy the missile; some systems are automatic, while others require manual jettisoning of the flares.

The aircraft would then pull away at a sharp angle from the flare (and the terminal trajectory of the missile) and reduce engine power in attempt to cool the thermal signature. Optimally, the missile’s seeker head is then confused by this change in temperature and flurry of new signatures, and therefore follows the flare(s) rather than the aircraft. The most modern IR-guided missiles have sophisticated on-board electronics that help discriminate between flares and targets, reducing the effectiveness of countermeasures.


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