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Civil Aircraft Security Againt MANPADS

Objective

Commercial aircraft are a target of terrorists because they represent one of the best achievements of our society: an attack has a big psychological impact on population, and thus economical activity. If a multiple attack like the ones of Madrid railways were to occur in several airports spread over the globe, economy would be severely weakened.

This effect would be reinforced if terrorists underlined that after Madrid occurred London. Besides the 11th of September twin towers type of event exists another threat: 15000 disseminated shoulders launched IR guided missiles (MANPADS), which are in uncontrolled hands. Several attacks already occurred and evidence of trafficking has been reported. US is preparing some regulation to force commercial aircraft to be equipped with onboard protection systems.

It is vital for Europe from a security and an economical point of view to be able to answer this requirement. Future protection systems must be competitive, that is low cost and minimal perturbation on the aircraft (low mass, low-consumption, low drag). A protection system is made of a missile detector and of deceiving equipment. CASAM concentrates research on the second: an innovated Directive InfraRed Countermeasure (DIRCM) equipment which represents the most expensive and heavy part of a global defence system.

It will be specifically designed for commercial aircraft, bringing minimum perturbation on the aircraft and the airport environment. Through a two years project, CASAM explores several technological breakthroughs in laser, optics, electro-mechanics and processing that will be the core of the future competitive equipment. A technical validation prototype will be tested against actual seeker heard. Specific effort will be put on threat analysis and simulation, economical analysis, aircraft installation constraints and impact. A specific study will be carried out on legal and regulation issues, which have a prominent position in the roadmap.

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-AERO-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

SAGEM DÉFENSE SÉCURITÉ
Address
Le Ponant De Paris27, Rue Leblanc
Paris
France

Participants (17)

A. BRITO, INDUSTRIA PORTUGUESA DE ENGENAGENS, SA.
Portugal
Address
Estrada Interior De Circuncalaçao, N°5109
Porto
ADRIA AIRWAYS THE AIRLINE OF SLOVENIA D.D.
Slovenia
Address
Kuzmiceva 7
Ljubljana
ALCATEL THALES III-V LAB
France
Address
Route De Nozay
Marcoussis
AS LASER DIAGNOSTIC INSTRUMENTS
Estonia
Address
113A Kadaka Street
Tallinn
CLYDE AND CO.
United Kingdom
Address
Lloyds Chambers, 1 Portsoken Street
London
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.
Germany
Address
Linder Hoehe
Koeln
DIEHL-BGT-DEFENCE GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
Address
Alte Nussdorfer Strasse 13, D-88662 Überlingen
Überlingen
EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse
Ottobrunn
FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT FÜR ANGEWANDTE NATURWISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Neuenahrer Strasse 20
Wachtberg
HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY S.A.
Greece
Address
2-4 Messogion Ave.
Athens
INEGI - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA MECÂNICA E GESTAO INDUSTRIAL
Portugal
Address
Rua Do Barroco, N°174
Leça Do Balio
INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH
Slovenia
Address
Kardeljeva Ploscad 17
Ljubljana
KEOPSYS SA
France
Address
21 Rue De Broglie
Lannion
LUFTHANSA TECHNIK AG
Germany
Address
Weg Beim Jäger 193
Hamburg
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHE AÉROSPATIALES'
France
Address
29 Avenue De La Division Leclerc
Chatillon
THALES
France
Address
45 Rue De Villiers
Neuilly-sur-seine
THALES OPTRONIQUE SA
France
Address
Rue Guynemer
Guyancourt