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C-130J infrared countermeasures achieves FOC

The Royal Australian Air Force has announced that the C-130J Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures has achieved final operational capability.

The Royal Australian Air Force has announced that the C-130J Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures has achieved final operational capability.

The works are being delivered under AIR 5416 Phase 4B2.

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Director General Air Combat Enablers, Air Commodore Mark Green, said the project provided a critical defensive capability ahead of schedule and significantly under budget.

“The Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures provide enhanced protection against infrared guided missiles for Air Force’s fleet of C-130J tactical transport aircraft,” AIRCDRE Green said.

“Maintaining effective defences against these prolific and increasingly sophisticated weapons is essential to the safe operation of the aircraft.

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“Defence has been able to complete this critical upgrade three months earlier than projected, and under budget by $146.85 million.”

AIRCDRE Green said the project generated around $11 million in revenue for Australian defence industry.

“Eight of the 12 aircraft were modified in Australia by Airbus Australia Pacific under a local commercial licencing arrangement,” he said.

“CAE Australia has also modified the C-130J Full Flight Simulator to reflect the changes to the aircraft.”

Logistics and operational support infrastructure has been constructed at RAAF Base Richmond, including a laser test firing facility, secure storage in compliance with Defence’s obligations under International Traffic of Arms Restrictions, and an updated air base security system.

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