Northrop Grumman has unveiled a performance-evaluating tool for the common infrared countermeasures (CIRCM) system being used by the US Army.

The system effectiveness tool is a software program that simulates aircraft missions against infrared surface-to-air missile threats in a wide range of combat scenarios and enables accurate performance assessments.

The tool also simulates engagements from threat hand-off between the missile warning sensor and the laser beam director by using empirical data to model infrared countermeasures (IRCM) system performance.

Northrop’s directional IRCM system automatically detects a missile launch and activates a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the enemy missile.

The US Army’s CIRCM is scheduled to be installed on some crucial military helicopters and aircraft including the Blackhawk, Apache, Chinook, C-20, V-22 Osprey, Super Cobra and Super Huey.