Alternatively, increased active and passive missile
defenses could be focused more specifically on improving the survivability of nuclear forces and other strategic capabilities, thereby enhancing deterrence and strategic stability.
Additional upgrades which have been planned for development include: laser warners; an enhanced DASS (defence aids sub system); conformal fuel tanks; stand-off weapons, such as Storm Shadow and Taurus missiles; advanced targeting pods; enhanced computing abilities; and passive missile
It incorporates a new-generation MBDA passive missile
firing sensor called DDM NG, with greatly improved field of view, detection ranges and lower false alarm rate compared to early version.
In keeping with the passive radar system, a passive missile
seeker--IR, EO, MMW, or perhaps multisensor--would likely be used for end-game guidance in order to complete the kill chain.
''Therefore, we have no choice but to consider switching from the existing passive missile
defense to an active missile defense where launch targets on enemy ground can be directly attacked,'' the LDP lawmaker said.
State of the art passive missile
warning systems are those that are able to detect the ultraviolet and infrared radiation emitted by a missile's exhaust plume.
Northrop Grumman offers the widest variety of radio frequency and infrared countermeasures systems of any US contractor, including the AN/ALQ-135 for the US Air Force's F-15 frontline tactical fighter; the AN/ALQ-131, certified on the F-16, F-111, A-10, F-4, F-15, F-S and C-130; the ALQ-162, used by all three US military services and the air forces of several allied nations; the AN/ALQ-165, designed for internal installation in the F/A-18, F-16C, F-14D, A-6E and A/V-18, and the AN/AAR-54 passive missile
approach warning system (MAWS), which can be integrated into many types of airborne or ground-based platforms.
This uses the Northrop Grumman AN/AAR-54 passive missile
warning sensor, a high-resolution (256 x 256) staring array fine tracking subsystem, a control indicator unit, a system processor and up to four, four-axis, steerable tracking/ jamming turrets.
The German Ministry of Defense (MOD) has chosen a missile-approach-warning system (MAWS) for Luftwaffe C.160 Transall transport aircraft, opting for the AN/AAR-54(V) Passive Missile
Approach Warning System (PMAWS), produced by Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (Rolling Meadows, IL).
On the NH90 tactical transport helicopter, it is teamed with the Milds AN/AAR-60 passive missile
warner and a counter-measures dispensing system.
That said, the protection systems being considered include such advanced capabilities as passive missile
warning, laser warning, radar warning and directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM).
The company also produces the EOSDS electro-optical defence suite that includes the Guitar passive missile
warning system and the airdas directional infrared countermeasures system.