Global 7500 Customer Opts for Leonardo Anti-missile Pod

 - June 29, 2021, 11:25 AM
Leonardo's Miysis anti-missile system will be installed on a Bombardier Global 7500 that will be used by a Middle Eastern government for VVIP transport. Since Miysis is compact, lightweight, and has low power consumption, it can be installed on all business jets and turboprops, as well as even light helicopters. (Photo: Leonardo)

Leonardo has been contracted to install its Miysis directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system on a Bombardier Global 7500 that will be used by a Middle Eastern government for VVIP transport starting in 2022. According to Leonardo, Miysis will provide spherical protection from infrared-guided (heat-seeking) missile threats.

Since it is the smallest, lightest, and least power-intensive DIRCM system on the market, Leonardo said Miysis is well suited for all business jets and turboprops, and even can be used on a platform as small as a light helicopter. The DIRCM system works by shining a high-powered laser onto an incoming missile’s targeting system, “dazzling” it, and guiding the missile away from the aircraft.

Miysis can also defend against multiple, simultaneous incoming missiles, including the latest generation of shoulder-launched infrared man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). According to Leonardo, Miysis has been independently verified to have a 100 percent success rate with UK and international customers conducting extensive analysis and live-fire trials. Miysis can operate as a standalone DIRCM system, in concert with a missile warning system, or can integrate with a range of defensive aid suites, the company said.