Northrop Completes Milestone C for KC-135 Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures Pod

Northrop Grumman has received milestone C approval to enter the production phase for a laser-based airborne technology designed to detect, track and counter incoming missiles.

The Department of Defense Milestone Decision Authority approved the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures pod for the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, the company said Wednesday.

LAIRCM uses a processor, sensors and a laser pointer built to help protect the KC-135 aircraft from missile threats during aerial refueling, evacuation and transport missions.

The KC-135 Program Office, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard helped the company perform laboratory and field tests on the pod-based technology.

More than 1,800 aircraft platforms are equipped with Northrop-made IR countermeasure systems.

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