Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered the first Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) missile defense systems to the U.S. Army earlier this year.
The systems were delivered under an engineering and manufacturing development contract awarded in 2015 to produce the next generation of aircraft survivability equipment to defend against man-portable air-defense systems and other heat-seeking munitions. Prior to delivery, the system went through rigorous software qualification testing that demonstrated key performance features of the hardware and extensive acceptance testing that validated the compliance of the system.
“This delivery continues the momentum in Northrop Grumman’s 50-year history of providing our customers with highly reliable, advanced infrared countermeasure systems,” said Carl Smith, Vice President, Mission Solutions, Land and Avionics C4ISR Division, Northrop Grumman.
“We, along with our partners Daylight Solutions and Leonardo, remain committed to the Army’s schedule and to getting this technology into the hands of our warfighters as quickly as possible,” he added.
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. The modular open systems architecture approach to this family of systems provides the ability to seamlessly integrate these technologies together, as well as quickly upgrade the system to stay ahead of the evolving threat.
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