DRS Advanced ISR LLC, a division of Leonardo DRS, has been awarded a contract, worth around $34.55 million, for installation of the Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasures (DAIRCM) system on 30 U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) helicopters.
The requirements contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Material Command (AFMC) located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition and fiscal 2018 other procurement funds in the amount of around $7 million are being obligated at the time of award.
The contractor will procure, install, and integrate 16 additional JUONS solution DAIRCM kits and continued ICS support. The contractor will be also install fiber optic cable assemblies on the HH-60G and will have access to the proprietary aircraft interface data needed to accomplish this urgent effort. The installation of the system is in support of Joint Urgent Operational Need Statement (JUONS).
Work will be performed in Beavercreek, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 20, 2023.
The DAIRCM is an aircraft protection system developed by DRS Technologies (now Leonardo DRS) that combines missile detection, hostile fire indication, and situational awareness with a missile defeat capability that detects incoming threats and can counter and jam them.
Spun out from technology originally developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the system uses a single sensor for two-colour infrared (IR) missile warning and wide field of view gimbal for laser-based directed IR countermeasures
HH-60G Pave Hawk
Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk is a twin-turboshaft engine helicopter in service with the U.S. Air Force. It is a derivative of the UH-60 Black Hawk and incorporates the Air Force PAVE electronic systems program.
The primary mission of HH-60G Pave Hawk is recovery of personnel under hostile conditions, including combat search and rescue (CSAR). It can conduct day or night operations into hostile environments.
Because of its versatility, the HH-60G may also perform peacetime operations such as civil search and rescue, emergency aeromedical evacuation (MEDEVAC), disaster relief, international aid and counter-drug activities.