Integrated Self-Protection System Plug-on Device


Our flexible self-protection system: Integrated Self-Protection Plug-on Device

Adopted by several European air forces, Integrated Self-Protection Plug-on Device was developed by RUAG Aviation in cooperation with SAAB.

This self-protection solution is inherently versatile - specially designed plug-on devices (PODs) are mounted on the hard points of helicopters and selected fixed-wing aircraft, allowing Integrated Self-Protection to be installed within just 30 minutes by two people.

The POD format allows for easy sharing across different platforms, and is an ideal solution for older platforms no longer compatible with fixed installations. It also enables equipping platforms on a per-mission basis. In addition, the cost per aircraft, as well as costs associated with MRO efforts, are significantly reduced.

EASA certification is possible for the use of Integrated Self-Protection Plug-on Device on civil or special mission helicopters, e.g. for the protection of air ambulances.


Mechanical Dimensions (l/w/h)

1'280 / 360 / 380mm [50.4 / 14.2 / 15.0 in ]


Weight Structure 1 Pod

34 kg [ 74.95 lb ]


Total System Weight (basic config. without Interface Adapter, Harness, Countermeasure Dispenser)

106 kg [ 233.7 lb ]


Missile Approach Warning

UV-C based. Spatial coverage of 360° AZ with 4 sensors


Laser Warning (optional)

0.85 – 1.7 µm, threats covered are GaAs, NdYag, Raman Shifted NdYag and Erbium Glass Lasers


Radar Warning (optional)

0.7 – 40 – GHz (pulsed), 2 – 18 GHz (CW)


Chaff and Flare Dispensing

1 × 1" or 1 × 2" NATO standard payloads 



Radar-warning function (RWS-300)

The radar-warning function features a compact, wide-band, high-sensitivity solution with a high probability of intercept (POI). The addition of an optional digital receiver (DRx) transforms the radar-warning functionality into a full-fledged ESM system.

Laser-warning function (LWS-310)

The laser-warning functionality is delivered by four LWS-310 sensors and a processor card in the Electronic Warfare Controller (EWC). It features high sensitivity, excellent threat coverage and an exceptional probability of intercept (POI) for both single and multi-pulse emissions. A unique feature of this system is that it not only classifies laser emissions, but can also identify laser emission through a user-programmable threat library.

Missile-approach warning function (MAW-300)

High sensivity - translating to a long detection range - is secured via a unique optical design incorporating filter technology with purpose-built image intensifier tubes and photon-counting focal-plane array processors. Each sensor uses a dedicated digital signal processor making use of a distributed, hierarchical data-processing architecture to ensure optimal utilisation of information in real time.

Countermeasures-dispensing function (BOP-L Series)

The BOP-L dispensers are controlled via a fully integrated chaff-and-flare dispenser controller that resides in the EWC. This allows for automatic dispensing under the control of the EWC upon threat identification. Each dispenser system is capable of handling mixed payloads, i.e. a mix of chaff and flares. Semi-automatic and manual firing capability are supported.

User-defined dispensing programmes/sequences are selected by the EWC for each identified threat. Dispensing techniques can be defined in the threat library for the EWC and uploaded to the system on the flight line.

Jettisoning of all payloads under emergency conditions is possible in all modes of operation.

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