Northrop's Infrared Countermeasures Achieves Initial Operational Capability for U.S. Army Helicopters

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  • 04:47 PM, February 9, 2023
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Northrop's Infrared Countermeasures Achieves Initial Operational Capability for U.S. Army Helicopters
Northrop Grumman's infrared countermeasures in action: file photo

Northrop Grumman's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the U.S. Army helicopters such as UH-60M, HH-60M, CH-47F and AH-64Es.
CIRCM protects against shoulder-fired and vehicle-launched anti-aircraft missiles that home in on the heat signature of an aircraft.
With IOC, the U.S. Army demonstrated the ability to field, employ and maintain CIRCM in significant quantities on its rotary wing platforms. This milestone advances the accelerated fielding of CIRCM systems on more than 1,500 Army aircraft.
“CIRCM’s ability to track and rapidly defeat infrared-guided threats has been validated over thousands of hours of rigorous testing in laboratory, flight and live-fire test environments,” said Bob Gough, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability, Northrop Grumman.

Northrop's Infrared Countermeasures Achieves Initial Operational Capability for U.S. Army Helicopters

Due to CIRCM’s reduced weight and increased power, system installs on the existing fleet will inform future attack reconnaissance aircraft (FARA) and future long-range assault aircraft (FLRAA) requirements.
Northrop Grumman continues to develop and improve CIRCM to overmatch current and future threats. One upgrade currently in test is an enhanced laser Line Replaceable Unit which will increase capability against near-peer threats.
Northrop Grumman has delivered over 250 CIRCM systems to the Army and over 100 aircraft have been equipped. CIRCM has accumulated more than 11,000 flight hours since its first field installation in December 2021.

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