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US awards CIRCM contract to Northrop

1st September 2015 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $35.37 million contract by the US Army for a next-generation helicopter survivability system, beating out a bid from rival BAE Systems, it was announced on 28 August.

The company was awarded the contract for engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) programme.

The cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price incentive, and firm-fixed-price hybrid contract will be executed by Northrop Grumman's Land & Self Protection Systems division.

Jeff Palombo, sector vice president and general manager of the Land & Self Protection Systems of Northrop Grumman, said the US Army's selection of the company and industry partners Daylight Solutions and Selex ES for the CIRCM programme was a 'critical next step toward protecting rotary-wing and medium fixed-wing aircraft against emerging infrared missile threats of today and tomorrow by augmenting existing self-protection systems with a directed laser jamming capability'. 

‘We have outlined a path to superior aircraft protection through highly reliable performance and operation, a commitment to modular open systems architecture, and the ability to seamlessly integrate new technology. We are proud to have been selected to work with the army to ensure our war fighters have the most advanced aircraft protection for decades to come,' Palombo said. 

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