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CIRCM in new US Army testing

16th January 2020 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Northrop Grumman's Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) system for the US Army has undergone new tests at White Sands Missile Range.

The free flight missile testing saw the CIRCM system presented with engagements in both single and multiple shot scenarios while mounted to an aircraft that hangs from an aerial cable.

The testing supports the programme’s progress toward full rate production.

CIRCM is a lightweight countermeasure system that uses laser energy to defend rotary wing, tilt rotor and small fixed wing aircraft against infrared threats. Its modular, open systems architecture allows it to be integrated with systems and sensors to address current and emerging threats.

Bob Gough, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman, said: ‘CIRCM has undergone thousands of hours of testing to verify its performance in a range of realistic combat scenarios.

‘During the recent testing at White Sands Missile Range, our system once again demonstrated superior capability in countering infrared threats. We look forward to providing the US Army with this unparalleled protection.’

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