The threat to civil aviation posed by man-portable air defense systems (Manpads)–such as shoulder launched missiles–in conflict areas around the world is resulting in a requirement for intelligent systems to help counter the attacks. Saab’s Civil Aircraft Missile Protection (Camps) system has increasingly been used to combat such threats, Hannes Prinsloo, technical product manager South Africa for Saab told AIN.
Camps is the first and only European anti-Manpads protection system suited for protecting civil fixed-wing aircraft from missile attacks, he said. “Presently, we have a customer in the Middle East. Camps is also installed on a Naturelink Aviation aircraft based in South Africa, flying for the UN,” he added. The system costs $1 million with additional costs for installation. “We get requirements from aircraft completion centers for VIPs…there is a growing opportunity for this product especially in disturbed areas,” concluded Prinsloo.