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A shoulder launched missile intercepting a passenger aircraft and shooting it down is no longer science fiction. Pro-Russian separatists were probably the perpetrators behind the crash of Flight MH17, which left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur last July, due to a ground to air missile hit.
All 227 passengers and 12 crew members died in the terrible terrorist attack, which raised grave concerns as to the security and safety of civilian aviation, not to mention the global economic crisis that could ensue due to the cancellation of commercial, civilian flights.
This necessity to safeguard civilian aircraft from missiles is a constant concern for many in the aviation and security industries. External threats are both complex and costly to handle, dangerous at times, must be eliminated safely, effectively and quickly, without any damage to the aircraft itself.
Missiles usually home-in on an aircraft’s heat or electro-magnetic signature. One of the most effective means of preventing missiles from detecting aircrafts is a radar, and thwarting missiles is usually carried out using Electronic Warfare (EW).
Detecting an approaching missile’s radar lock triggers a chain of technical processes, one of which is creating an electro-magnetic “screen” which functions as an aircraft protective cover which disrupts the missile’s homing process, deflects it and ultimately neutralized its impact, thereby preventing a mass-casualty event and an eventual disruption of commercial aviation.
The creation of an electro-magnetic “protective canopy” around the aircraft is hardly simple, primarily because the pod which houses an airplane’s other electronic devices, which provide the missile jamming capabilities, is installed outside the fuselage, so it must meet each and every aviation safety and security standard.
This pod – which comprises the entire array of electronics, electro-optics, imaging and video – is made of light metal. It is produced by ADMAR, one of Israel’s largest and most advanced manufacturing plants, located at Bar-Lev Industrial Park, between Acre and Karmiel.
Each pod weighs about 100kg, including the electronic equipment it houses. Its length reaches about 2.5 meters.
Established in the mid-1970’s, ADMAR is privately owned, employing 110. Among its major defense customers: IAI, RAFAEL, Elbit and others. The company’s aviation products and solutions comply with the most stringent dedicated standards, among which are AS9100 Revision C, ISO9001, etc.
The manufacturing facility has 35 machining centers capable of churning out parts up to the size of 6000x3000x2000 mm, a diameter of 950 mm and a maximal length of 5,000 mm. The plant has 8 new 5-axle processing centers.
ADMAR Metals has its own dedicated Additive Manufacturing division, which prints titanium parts of up to 240x240x290 mm. ADMAR is the first company to receive the AS-9100 compliance certificate for its Additive Manufacturing technology.
ADMAR has one of Israel’s most advanced assembly division, complete with all the complicate certifications for inserting ruggedized and auxiliary units. These compliance certificates have been issued by IAI, RAFAEL and Elbit.