The new system will be installed on helicopters and aircraft, and will be able to determine the exact distance and direction to a point on the ground from which the fire is being fired. So necessary for aviation the device received the name - OTHELLO. As stated in the message, first of all, the system will be used for self-defense of airplanes and helicopters flying at low altitude and at low speed.
According to IAI, this system will be able to determine with extreme precision the launch points of rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and artillery fire. Based on the name of the device - optical hostile fire locator (optical hostile fire locator) - it will use optical sensors. The basic principle of the system at the moment is not specified. It is known only that after the detection of enemy fire, information about the place from which the firing is being conducted will immediately be transmitted to all kinds of weapons systems installed on the aircraft themselves.
A similar self-defense system designed for aircraft is currently being developed not only in Israel, but also in the United States. The first field tests of a similar device, called the Guardian, were carried out in the early spring of 2011. The Guardian complex includes a laser tracking and guidance system and a UV receiver to prevent launching missiles. The Guardian is designed to detect anti-aircraft missiles, as well as air-to-air missiles equipped with infrared homing heads.
But is this system so unique? A year ago, at the international arms salon Eurosatory-2010 in Paris, the design bureau Zenit from Zelenograd near Moscow demonstrated the work of the active protection of helicopters against modern anti-aircraft anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS), including President-S ". More details about this system can be found here: "Stinger" went crazy