It is being used by Per Udsen of Denmark for the Pylon Integrated Dispenser System Plus (PIDS+), which is likely to be selected by Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway as the means by which MAWS will be installed on their F-16A/B Mid-Life Update (MLU) fighters.
Per Udsen has designed PIDS to accept any of the three other staring-UV MAWS on the market - the AAR-57 CMWS, the AAR-60 Missile Launch Detection System (MILDS), developed jointly by Daimler-Benz LFK and Litton Applied Technologies, and the Rafael Guitar.
It has been ordered as a standalone MAWS by the Japanese Navy, to equip SH-60J helicopters, and has been bought by another Asian customer, as yet unannounced.
According to Rafael, the Guitar has a larger optical head than most MAWS, increasing detection range and sensitivity, and tests have included 100 live missile firings.
The European F-16 orders are important in their own right, but it is also considered likely that, for the sake of commonality, the customers will use the same MAWS to protect other aircraft, such as helicopters and C-130s.
While the European F-16 operators may represent the single most important near-term tactical MAWS requirement, there are other significant source selections on the horizon.
Since AFSOC has specified passive or low-probability-of-intercept MAWS
for its platforms, the applicability of the Air Force program will hinge on the eventual selection of an active or passive technology for AMW.
As with most other such MAWS, the Piano appears to be able to be integrated with other countermeasures systems.
The other half of the Israeli MAWS two-man band is the Guitar, developed by Rafael.
UK contractor GEC-Marconi Defence Systems (GEC-MDS) has developed two active pulse Doppler MAWS under the commercial designations PVS 2000 and Advanced Missile Detection System (AMIDS).
Equally, JED believes that the company is making a major effort to market its MAWS technology for use on transport aircraft.
In France, the industrial team of Matra Defense and SAT are producing the Detecteur de Depart de Missile (DDM) passive MAWS for use on French Air Force Mirage 2000 and Rafale multi-role combat aircraft.
To complete this brief survey of European/Israeli MAWS activity, mention should be made of two other systems, the MS Instruments HOFIN and Loral's AN/AAR-47 equipment.
Most remarkable is the fact that the first MAWS system went from startup through full-scale flight testing in a mere eight months.
The success of the MAWS tests to date seems to prove that current MAWS are available which can detect and defeat inbound missiles -- and this has been done fully three to five years ahead of normal procurement schedules.