Northrop Grumman Receives $200M U.S. Air Force Order for LAIRCM Infrared Countermeasure Systems

Northrop Grumman has received a $200 million order from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems and support.

This order was received under an existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

“With this award, we continue to protect U.S. and international partner aircrews from the threat of infrared guided weapons,” said Bob Gough, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman.

Large Aircraft Infrared Counter-Measure system (LAIRCM) was a U.S. Air Force (USAF) requirement for protecting large aircraft from infrared-guided missiles. The Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-24 Nemesis system was selected for the requirement.

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

The system consists of a missile warning system (AN/AAR-54), an integration unit, a processor, and laser turrets (Small Laser Transmitter Assembly, SLTA).

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