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The US Army has ordered Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) systems and support services with a potential value of $482 million (€435 million) from Northrop Grumman, the company announced on 1 August. The initial task order is valued at $82.8 million.

CIRCM is a lightweight system that uses laser energy to defend aircraft against infrared threats. Its modular, open systems architecture allows it to be integrated with systems and sensors to address current and emerging threats. The current award expands CIRCM production and strengthens the logistics support infrastructure necessary to support the programme as it moves toward full rate production.

This award will allow the Army to extend the proven protection of CIRCM to additional aircraft and missions, providing advanced aircraft survivability where it is needed most,” stated Northrop Grumman’s Vice President, Land and Avionics C4ISR, Bob Gough.

Northrop Grumman has installed infrared countermeasures systems on more than 1,500 aircraft to date, representing more than 80 different aircraft types, including large and small fixed-wing, rotary wing and tilt-rotor platforms.

CIRCM will now begin to equip US Army aircraft. (Image: Northrop Grumman)

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