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The US Army’s common infrared countermeasure (CIRCM) system has attained Milestone C from the US Department of Defense (DoD) Milestone Decision Authority.

The Milestone C status marks the end of the development and testing phase of CIRCM and enables the beginning of production and deployment.

The milestone follows the system being put through a rigorous testing process to ensure system readiness to address the demands of combat operations.

The series of tests included laboratory, flight and free-flight missile testing to verify the performance of the CIRCM system in a wide range of realistic combat scenarios.

Northrop Grumman Land and Avionics Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Division vice-president Bob Gough said: “With the achievement of Milestone C, we have collectively taken an important step toward getting this critical, life-saving technology to the warfighter.

“The CIRCM capability is mature, reliable and has proven to be mission-effective.”

“The CIRCM capability is mature, reliable and has proven to be mission-effective.”

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Being jointly developed by the army and Northrop Grumman, the CIRCM is a lightweight system that uses laser energy to defend military aircraft against advanced infrared missiles.

The new US Army solution has a modular open systems architecture that is capable of defeating emerging infrared threats.

In August 2015, the company’s Land and Self Protection Systems division received a $35.37m cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price incentive, and firm-fixed-price hybrid contract for engineering and manufacturing development and low-rate initial production of the CIRCM system.