Northrop Grumman wins UK MoD countermeasures contract
Northrop Grumman will support the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems on British military aircraft under a new contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The five-year contract has a value of $120 million (£80m).
The systems are designed to protect aircraft from infrared surface-to-air guided missiles.
The contract will see Northrop Grumman provide repair, engineering sustainment, logistics and training services to the MoD, from the company’s UK and US diagnostic and technical support facilities.
Carl Smith, vice president of infrared countermeasures at Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division, said: ‘For nearly 20 years, we have been working in partnership with the UK MoD to give military aircrews protection from infrared-guided missiles. With this award, we continue that long-standing relationship and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining a world-class technical support capability in the UK.’
Northrop Grumman's IRCM systems are now installed or scheduled for installation on more than 700 military aircraft to protect approximately 50 different types of large fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing platforms from infrared missile attacks. The system functions by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat, and activating a high-intensity, laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.
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