Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Sabena technics
are to cooperate in proposing self-protection systems (SPSs) for
Airbus corporate jets.
Each SPS would combine a directional infra-red countermeasure (DIRCM)
system with installation on an Airbus corporate jet.
SPSs will initially be offered for the ACJ320
“This is a great new opportunity to work with
ACJ on aircraft protection, which builds on an extensive portfolio
of business- aviation services that includes cabin-outfitting and
maintenance,” said Sabena technics Senior Vice president Sales and
Business Development, Daniel Soltani. “We strongly believe that our
ability to install and certificate these systems with
airworthiness authorities, such as EASA and the FAA, is a key
driver of success.”
An SPS offers protection against missiles fired
from man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), which are the
most widespread missile-threat today.
Self-defence systems are already in service on
some Airbus corporate jets.
“Offering self-protection is yet another way in
which we care for our customers, and expands and consolidates the
widespread range of modern aircraft and services that ACJ offers,”
said ACJ President, Benoit Defforge.
Around 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service
worldwide, flying on every continent, including Antarctica.