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US Army CIRCM system ready for production

28th September 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Northrop Grumman-built Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) system for the US Army has achieved Milestone C after completing testing, the company announced on 24 September.

The critical Milestone C, awarded by the Department of Defense Milestone Decision Authority, marks the end of the development and testing phase and enables the beginning of production and deployment.

CIRCM is a lightweight system that uses laser energy to defend aircraft against advanced infrared missiles. It has a modular open systems architecture designed to evolve to defeat emerging infrared threats.   

To achieve Milestone C, the company worked closely with the army to thoroughly test CIRCM. The system has undergone thousands of hours of laboratory, flight and free flight missile testing to verify its performance in a range of realistic combat scenarios. According to the company, throughout the process CIRCM demonstrated the ability to protect aircraft by countering threats.

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