Saturday, 17 January 2009

Helicopters to get improved protection

British helicopters on the frontline in Afghanistan will soon be fitted with new early-warning sensors which will detect lower guage threats (RPG and machine gun fire) and enable pilots to take evasive action or return fire.Developed by BAe Systems the Acoustic Hostile Fire Indicator (Hofin) is a major advance in helicopter defence as it closes the final gap in providing helicopters with all-round protection against the complete spectrum of hostile ground fire.Being able to pinpoint enemy gunfire could save hundreds of troops' lives. With 40 per cent of US helicopters falling victim to RPGs and 20 per cent to small arms fire there has been an urgent need for a new defensive system.

The Telegraph: Afghanistan troops to get new helicopter gunfire defence
The Sun: Gunshot super ear for pilots