LAIRCM support facility opens in Australia
Northrop Grumman has established a new facility at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Edinburgh base in South Australia to provide in-country support services for the repair and maintenance of in-service Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems, the company announced on 18 May.
The laser-based LAIRCM system are installed on six RAAF aircraft types to detect, track and jam infrared guided missiles. The system functions by automatically detecting a missile launched at an aircraft, determining if it is a threat and activating a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.
In total 57 RAAF aircraft are equipped with LAIRCM. There are plans to add three additional platforms in the next five years.
Opening the facility at RAAF Edinburgh will broaden Northrop Grumman's maintenance capabilities for the RAAF and reduce repair times by up to 50 percent.
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