SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

May 02, 2012 08:00 ET

CASSIDIAN's Identification Systems to Obtain AIMS Certification of the Future Mode 5 Standard

Reliable Identification Prevents Casualties From Friendly Fire; Certification Is Prerequisite for Future Delivery of IFF Equipment to NATO Armed Forces

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - Cassidian, the defense and security division of EADS, has successfully completed all certification measurements of its MSSR 2000 I (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) secondary radar by the AIMS Program Office of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Concluding extensive tests and documentations since 2008, the certification guarantees the interoperability and reliable operation of MSSR 2000 I according to the future "Mode 5" standard and all other Modes (1, 2, 3/A, C, 4, S). The new "Mode 5" standardized process of distinguishing hostile from friendly aircraft (Identification-Friend-or-Foe, IFF) will be obligatory in all NATO Armed Forces from 2014. Therefore, the certification is a prerequisite for delivery of IFF equipment in the future.

"Sophisticated identification systems such as our MSSR 2000 I allow the aircraft of our own or allied forces to be reliably identified, thus helping to prevent friendly fire," explains Elmar Compans, Head of Cassidian's Sensors & Electronic Warfare. "In this way, we make a contribution to protect individual soldiers and support them in fulfilling their mission."

In military IFF, MSSR 2000 I works according to standardized question-and-answer procedures in order to quickly recognize friendly incoming aircraft and to alleviate the commander's decision whether to engage the aircraft or not. Different from hitherto utilized systems, MSSR 2000 I employs highly sophisticated encryption techniques to avoid hostile signal manipulation.

The International AIMS Program Office of the U.S. Department of Defense is the worldwide organization certifying interoperability and technical performance of radar and IFF systems. MSSR 2000 I is the only European identification system having completed this all-mode certification in accordance with AIMS 03-1000A CN3, AIMS 04-900A and AIMS 03-1201.

Secondary radars also are used in civil Air Traffic Control (ATC). In a civil ATC mission, MSSR 2000 I sends out interrogation signals to all the aircraft in its sector and collects the responses. Thus, the radar provides a real-time overview of aircraft positions and additional aircraft data, which results in a significant improvement in air traffic control, the efficient use of air space and the avoidance of collisions.

Cassidian has delivered IFF systems to several NATO nations for ground and naval applications. Among others, MSSR 2000 I protects all German Navy ships as well as UK Royal Navy ships and the French Navy's "Mistral" class command ships. In Germany, Cassidian has established the air traffic control network of the German Luftwaffe, covering an airspace of 1.700 x 1.500 km. In total, Cassidian has more than 350 systems in approx. 30 nations under contract, including the U.S.

Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian -- with around 28,000 employees -- achieved revenues of EUR 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.

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