Egypt Cleared to Procure LAIRCM Countermeasures System for Airbus A340-200 Head-of-State Aircraft

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) System for Kuwait’s Airbus A340-200 head-of-state aircraft.

The sale, being executed under the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, is for an estimated cost of $104 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The self-protection suite will improve the survivability of the aircraft from missile attack. Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and capability into its armed forces.

The Government of Egypt has earlier requested to buy one AN/AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system to protect one Airbus 340-200 Head-of-State aircraft. Each LAIRCM system consists of three Guardian Laser Turret Assemblies (GLTA), one LAIRCM System Processor Replacement (LSPR), five Missile Warning Sensors (MWS), one Control Indicator Unit Replacement (CIUR), one Smart Card Assembly (SCA), and one High Capacity Card (HCC/User Data Memory (UDM) card. The principal contractor will be Northrup Grumman, Rolling Meadows, IL.

Egypt Government’s Airbus A340-200 aircraft (SU-GGG) at Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac. Photo Credit: Dylan Agbagni.

This proposed sale will include: six Guardian Laser Turret Assemblies (GLTA) (3 installed, 3 spares); four LAIRCM System Processor Replacements (LSPR) (1 installed, 3 spares); ten Missile Warning Sensors (MWS) (5 installed, 5 spares). Also included are LAIRCM CIURs; SCAs; HCCs; UDM cards; simple key loaders; initial spares, consumables, and repair/return support; support and test equipment; integration and test support; personnel training, publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The DSCA said in a statement that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally country that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East.

The AN/AAQ-24 system is a directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system to protect large aircraft from infrared (IR) homing (heat seeking) man-portable missiles. It automatically detecting, tracking and jamming incoming infrared threats.

The Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Block 30 configuration, which incorporates the latest system processor technology, infrared missile warning sensors, the Viper laser and a new control interface unit. Northrop Grumman Photo

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