Northrop Grumman's Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM
) system will help protect U.S.
The award expands CIRCM
production and strengthens the logistics support infrastructure necessary to support the program as it moves toward full rate production.
The submission of our CIRCM
proposal is the latest offering in our more than 40 years of experience with infrared countermeasures, delivering critical aviation survivability equipment to our armed forces, said Bill Staib, director of Threat Management Solutions at BAE Systems.
While the warhead zooms past, the CIRCM
immediately geo-locates its source and takes a photo.
laser would use low-power lasers to jam missile guidance systems - a few dozen watts, rather than tens of thousands of watts, like the laser weapon system demonstrated last year.
'This award will allow the Army to extend the proven protection of CIRCM
to additional aircraft and missions, providing advanced aircraft survivability where it is needed most,' said Bob Gough, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman.
The company said the CIRCM
system completes Northrop Grumman's full suite of electronic warfare protection systems, to include advanced missile warning, hostile fire indication, radar warning, radio frequency jamming, laser warning, IRCM jamming capabilities, and cockpit digitization.
is designed to track incoming missiles and fire a multiband heat laser to intercept and jam the missile, according to an Army release.
The 12-month, USD11 million undertaking was awarded by the US Army to enable further development following the two-year CIRCM
technology demonstration (TD) phase.
Under the contract, BAE and Northrop will be offering CIRCM
research, development, and testing services to the service through March 14, 2015.
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The Northrop Grumman CIRCM
system was subjected to rigorous conditions over a six-week period, after which the company said it successfully completed the entire government-designed test plan.