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USAF, USN and Australia to receive counter-MANPADS components

11th March 2021 - 16:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

Northrop Grumman to supply threat warning sensors and laser transmitter assemblies.

Northrop Grumman is providing an array of aircraft-mounted counter-MANPADS hardware to the USAF and USN, in addition to systems engineering technical support, analysis and studies. 

Among the equipment to be provided to the USN are 228 advanced threat warning (ATW) sensors; 54 IR missile warning sensors (IRMWSs); and 101 laser transmitter assemblies (LTAs) for the Guardian directional IR countermeasures system (pictured).

The USAF is receiving 65 ATW sensors and six Guardian LTAs, plus sundry other equipment.

The $115.5 million contract modification from Naval Air Systems Command also includes two GLTAs and 12 IRMWSs for the government of Australia. 

Work is expected to be completed in June 2023.

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