A comprehensive test program consisting of ground, flight, and certification tests has been completed for the first Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) equipped Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) NH90 helicopter, which is now ready for operational use.
Terma’s MASE installation consists of the proven concept including the ALQ-213 EW controller, a modular self-protection pod equipped with MILDS-F Missile Warning System, and the Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System updated with the latest generation Terma Digital Sequencer Switch.
Terma’s system has been optimized to withstand the harsh operating environment helicopters are exposed to when operating over salt water, hence meeting the NH90s specific requirements.
Other design considerations were to ensure that the installation is practical to handle and operate from a helicopter deck on a frigate and easy access to and installation of the pod even in rough weather conditions.
The basic design of the installation allows for future growth, such as Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) or new sensors for e.g. radar warning or laser warning.
Terma was contracted in 2014 to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) onto the RNLAF NH90 helicopters.