Indra’s InShield DIRCM (Directional Infrared Counter Measures) system passed in-flight tests during the NATO Trial EMBOW XVI exercise.

The system is designed to protect aircrafts from infrared and guided surface-to-land and surface-to-air missiles, utilizing the DIRCM laser to counteract tracking systems and divert missiles from their target.

NATO’s EMBOW XVI exercise tests an aircraft’s capacity to evade infrared-guided surface-to-air missiles. Surface-to-air heat-seeking missiles, or MANPADS, are a main cause for aircrafts downed in conflicted areas.

By passing this NATO test, Indra’s system qualifies for operational tests at a TRL 8, or Technology Readiness Level 8. This is the highest level of development before it can enter service at TRL 9.

These tests were performed at the WTD 91 Test Center in Meppen, Germany, with the collaboration of the Ministries of Defense of Spain, Germany, France and other allied countries.

The Spanish Directorate General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) of the Ministry of Defense contributed to finance the development of the system as part of its commitment to promote dual-use technologies for military and civil applications.

InShield DIRCM was integrated into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter for the in-flight tests, with plans to implement it into Spain’s fleet of A400M military transport planes.