HFI: An Innovation to Detect


Airbus Helicopters begins tests of fire-detection system

The Germans have requested for Airbus to create a sharper helicopter.  Testing sensors are undergoing strict evaluations to begin to install a HFI system (Hostile fire indication) as requested by the German Armed Forces.  A prototype of a German Army Sikorsky CH-53G helicopter has been made and tested on March 30th to observe the new functions of the innovation. The HFI was built to better detect a various range of different size caliber and even non-tracer ammunition. During the evaluations the rotorcraft was modified with acoustic and infrared sensors to be able to recognize fire based on sound and muzzle flashes.

“The HFI study aims to demonstrate a technology that not only warns the aircrew about the threat in order to be able to redirect other aircraft from the danger zone ,it should also report the precise position of the enemy infantry for fast countermeasures,”

says Dr Klaus Przemeck, head of the military support Centre at Airbus Helicopters Germany.

Remaining tests are scheduled to take place towards the end of 2016 and two in 2017 with ending results by the end of that year in Mepped, Germany at the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91) .  The HFI is primarily to help the helicopter crew know where the exact location to where the firing is coming from. This fire detection system will better the counter measures of the crew to be able to avoid or apprehend the situation they are in. Other major companies involved with this project are Airbus Defense and Space, Rheinmetall Defence and Fraunhofer FKIE.

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