Northrop to Assist UK Defense Ministry With Aircraft Countermeasures; Carl Smith Comments

northrop-Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman has won a potential fiver-year $120 million contract to deliver support services to the U.K. Defense Ministry’s large aircraft infrared countermeasures program.

The LAIRCM system works to defend planes against infrared-guided missiles and Northrop will perform training, repair, engineering and logistics work under the contract, Northrop said Thursday.

Carl Smith, vice president of infrared countermeasures at Northrop’s land and self protection systems division, said the company has supported the U.K. Defense Ministry on the program for almost 20 years.

Work will occur at the company’s repair facility in Rolling Meadows, Ill. and at its specialist diagnostic and technical support center in Chester, England.

More than 700 large fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft are equipped or will be equipped with the Northrop-made IRCM system, the company says.

The technology is designed to automatically detect missile threats and activate a laser-based device to counter the threats.

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