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March 16, 2021

Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM system passes IOT&E ready for FRP

Northrop Grumman has announced that its common infrared countermeasure (CIRCM) missile defence system is ready to enter full-rate production (FRP).

Northrop Grumman has announced that its common infrared countermeasure (CIRCM) missile defence system is ready to enter full-rate production (FRP).

CIRCM is a lightweight, laser-based countermeasure system that uses a compact pointer / tracker, a lightweight commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) processor and advanced Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology.

It is designed to protect US Army rotary-wing and medium fixed-wing aircraft against threats such as infrared-guided anti-aircraft missiles, including shoulder-fired and vehicle-launched.

The FRP follows the completion of a six-month initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) activity.

During the IOT&E, CIRCM was put through a series of rigorous testing to evaluate its detection, engagement and threats defeat capabilities.

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The system proved its effectiveness to support the US Army’s complex combat missions by quickly defeating all threats under a range of scenarios and environments.

Northrop Grumman navigation, targeting and survivability vice-president Bob Gough said: “Through our partnership with the US Army and our suppliers, we have already delivered over 100 production systems.

“The successful completion of IOT&E confirms CIRCM’s readiness for full-rate production.”

Northrop Grumman has developed the CIRCM system in partnership with SELEX Galileo and Daylight Solutions.

The first system was delivered to the US Army in 2013 under a $31.4m Technology Demonstration contract awarded to Northrop Grumman.

The CIRCM system features a modular, open systems architecture and dual-jammer configuration and can be easily integrated with systems and sensors.

In addition, it allows rapid capability enhancements to address current and emerging mission requirements while keeping lifecycle costs low.

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