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US Army, Northrop Grumman sign US$959m infrared countermeasure contract

US Army, Northrop Grumman sign US$959m infrared countermeasure contract

The US Army and Northrop Grumman have entered into a US$959.1 million ($1.2 billion) deal for the supply of Common Infrared Countermeasure systems.

The US Army and Northrop Grumman have entered into a US$959.1 million ($1.2 billion) deal for the supply of Common Infrared Countermeasure systems.

Northrop Grumman this week announced that it has entered into an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) agreement with the US Army for the manufacture and sale of Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) systems, valued at US$959.1 million.

The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system provides security to aircraft from heat seeking anti-aircraft missile systems, supporting the aircraft to detect and destroy oncoming the missile systems. The agreement between the prime and US Army was announced following approvals granted by the US Army for the production of the systems following testing protocols including flight and live fire testing.

Bob Gough, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability at Northrop Grumman, welcomed the opportunity for the CIRCM system to support the protection of US Army personnel.

“CIRCM’s cutting-edge capability has been proven against the most advanced threats and the modular open systems approach brings flexibility for the future. Northrop Grumman and our partners have proven the mature production capacity to deliver and support the US Army’s mission with this life-saving technology today, and for years to come.”

Northrop Grumman confirmed that the CIRCM can be integrated into existing aircraft designs. To date, Northrop Grumman countermeasure infrared capabilities have been integrated into more than 1,500 aircraft among 80 variants of vehicles across the US and allied nations.

[Related: Airbus awards contract to Northrop Grumman for OneSat project]

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