Northrop Grumman has delivered its first common infrared countermeasures (CIRCM) missile defence systems to the US Army.
The CIRCM systems were provided under an engineering and manufacturing development contract awarded in 2015.
The contract required the company to produce next-generation protection for aircraft against man-portable air-defence systems and other heat-seeking munitions.
Northrop Grumman mission solutions, land and avionics C4ISR division vice-president Carl Smith said: “This delivery continues the momentum in Northrop Grumman’s 50-year history of providing our customers with highly reliable, advanced infrared countermeasure systems.
“We, along with our partners Daylight Solutions and Leonardo, remain committed to the army’s schedule and to getting this technology into the hands of our warfighters as quickly as possible.”
In addition to CIRCM systems, Northrop Grumman’s full suite of electronic warfare protection systems offer advanced missile warning, hostile fire indication, radar, radio frequency jamming, IRCM jamming capabilities, and cockpit digitisation.
Prior to delivery, the system went through testing to evaluate its performance.
The company demonstrated its counter-UAS technologies at the annual US Department of Defense (DoD) Black Dart exercise.
Black Dart is the DoD’s largest live-fly, live-fire joint counter-UAS technology demonstration.
Image: Members of the Northrop Grumman CIRCM team present the first CIRCM shipset. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman.