BAE Systems has successfully completed the technology development bridge programme in the competition for the US Army’s common infrared countermeasure (CIRCM) programme.
The milestone was undertaken as part of a one-year, $11m contract awarded by the army to enable further development following the two-year, $38m CIRCM technology demonstration (TD) phase deal secured by the company in February 2012.
During the bridge programme, the company implemented an action plan designed to ensure that CIRCM provides the army with same reliability performance it realised in its current BAE-built common missile warning system (CMWS), and the laser-based advanced threat infrared countermeasures (ATIRCM) system.
BAE Systems survivability and targeting solutions vice-president and general manager Terry Crimmins said: "Closely aligned with the US Army’s goals of providing high performance, agile, reliable, and best value solutions, we stand ready to deliver the next-generation aircraft survivability equipment to our brave armed forces.
"Our CIRCM solution is based on a non-commercially available, organic, robust, and highly secure laser technology that is unique and maximises the use of the US industrial base.
"Working closely with the US Army we have collectively delivered a model product that has reduced Engineering Manufacturing and Development risks significantly, and is adaptable for the ever changing threat environment."
The CIRCM programme aims to develop a laser-based, infrared countermeasures solution to safeguard the US military helicopters and light fixed-wing aircraft against infrared guided missiles, as well as man-portable air defence systems.
BAE submitted its engineering manufacturing and development (EMD) proposal in November 2014. The company’s CIRCM solution was tested and evaluated at Worrell / Weeks Aircrew Protection Center in New Hampshire, US.
Image: BAE completed the technology development bridge programme for the US Army’s CIRCM programme. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.