The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) a $31.4 million contract for the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) Technical Demonstration (TD) program to develop the next generation of aircraft survivability equipment to defend helicopters against man-portable air-defense systems and other heat-seeking munitions.
Under the terms of the program, Northrop Grumman and its industry partners, San Diego-based Daylight Solutions and SELEX Galileo, will deliver eight sets of test hardware in addition to three full ship sets for the Army's 21-month research, development, test and evaluation program that will include reliability testing, missile jamming tests and flight tests on an Army platform.
Daylight Solutions specializes in mid-infrared technology and delivers molecular detection and imaging solutions for applications that include medical diagnostics, defense, industrial process controls, and environmental monitoring.
CIRCM is a lightweight, low cost, highly reliable, laser-based countermeasure system designed to work with missile warning systems for rotary-wing, tilt-rotor and small, fixed-wing aircraft across the military services.
"We are honored to be selected by the U.S. Army for the CIRCM program. We are looking forward to working with the Army to rapidly demonstrate that Northrop Grumman has a superior IR countermeasure solution – a solution that will first and foremost protect our nation's warfighters," said Jeff Palombo, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division.
Northrop Grumman's IRCM systems have been installed on more than 800 aircraft representing 50 different aircraft types, including large and small fixed-wing, rotary-wing and tilt-wing platforms.
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