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F-35 Lightening II does not fear Infrared Seeking Missiles – Thanks to DAS ( AN/AAQ-37)

F-35 Lightening II does not fear Infrared Seeking Missiles

Thanks to DAS ( AN/AAQ-37)

Just the thought of an infrared seeking missile gives nightmares to pilots flying the best of aircrafts. But F-35 Lightning II has no such danger thanks to its Distributed Aperture System or DAS.

‘The Guardian’ is the name given to Directional Infrared Counter-measure System (DICM) sported by stealthy Joint Strike Fighter

It provides 360 degree protection against a wide range of missile threats
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When Guardian detects a MANPADS launch, it tracks the incoming missile, then uses a laser beam to jam the missile’s guidance system, causing it to miss the aircraft. The entire automatic process occurs in 2 to 5 seconds only and needs no action on the part of pilot.

The Guardian system includes a multiband laser pointer/ tracker and an ultraviolet missile warning sensor.
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The system is contained in a single pod that weighs 550 pounds and protrudes just 18 inches from the fuselage of the aircraft

So AN/AAQ-37 together with AN/APG-81 AESA radar gives Joint Strike fighter unmatched spherical situational awareness.

(Written by Gagandeep Singh)

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