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CIRCM gears up for full-rate production

15th March 2021 - 15:17 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US Army airborne countermeasures programme passes IOT&E milestone.

The Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) system from Northrop Grumman is ready to enter full-rate production, following a successful six-month initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) activity with the US Army.

CIRCM (pictured) is a lightweight countermeasure system that uses laser energy to defend rotary-wing, tiltrotor and small fixed-wing aircraft against IR-guided missiles. Its modular, open systems architecture allows it to be integrated with systems and sensors to address current and emerging threats.

Shephard Defence Insight notes that Northrop Grumman was awarded an engineering and manufacturing development contract in 2015 and the first test systems were delivered in 2016.

‘Through our partnership with the U.S. Army and our suppliers, we have already delivered over 100 production systems,’ said Bob Gough, VP of navigation, targeting and survivability at Northrop Grumman.

During the IOT&E phase, CIRCM was flown through a ‘multitude of scenarios and environments’ to assess its ability to detect, engage and defeat threats, the company added in a 15 March statement.

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