The US State Department has greenlit the possible sale of infrared countermeasure systems for Royal Australian Air Force’s air mobility platforms.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced the approval of a US$122 million ($168.7 million) purchase request from the Commonwealth government for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) and related equipment.
The deal includes 27 AN/AAQ 24(V)N L LAIRCM System Processor Replacements (LSPR) and 30 Guardian Laser Turret Assemblies (GLTA).
The systems would be used to deliver upgrades to the Royal Australian Air Force’s large air mobility aircraft, which include the C-17A Globemaster, KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport, and C-130J Super Hercules fleets.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States,” the DSCA noted in a statement.
“Australia is one of our most important allies in the western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region.
“It is vital to the US national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defence capability.”
The principal contractors of the project are Northrup Grumman Corporation, Rolling Meadows, and Boeing
Additional Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) US government representatives and FTE US contractor representatives are expected to provide program management and engineering support over five years, helping to field and sustain LAIRCM on RAAF aircraft.