DIRCMDirected Infrared Countermeasures
DIRCMDirectional Infrared Countermeasure
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According to lack Pledger, Northrop Grumman's director of business development for infrared counter-measures, moving ahead with the DIRCM systems makes perfect sense.
The directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system will be installed on eight AC130H and 13 AC-130U gunships, on 24 MC-130H and 14 MC-130E transports and on all 50 CV-22s.
Based on experience garnered in the field of high performance airborne lasers and electro-optic pointing and stabilisation systems, together with the contribution to Northrop Grumman's AAQ-24(V) Nemesis system family, Selex ES developed a new Dircm build around their Eclipse advanced, lightweight, low-cost Ircm point/tracker, and the Type 160 IRCM laser.
When a missile is fired, he said, "a missile-warning system tells us where it's fired from." Typically, there would be four to five DIRCM units around a large airplane.
Dutch AH-64D helicopters are being fitted with Northrop Grumman Dircm turrets integrated in stub wing pods.
The two fish-eye lenses house a new infrared array detector which enhances performance with regard to the range at which a missile firing will be detected, offer improved rejection of false alarms and give an angular localisation capability which will be compatible with the future use of Directional Infrared Counter Measures (Dircm).