Infrared laser-based missile defense system production contract won by Northrop GrummanNews
April 14, 2021
FALLS CHURCH, Va. The U.S. Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $115 million production contract for U.S. Department of the Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (DoN LAIRCM) systems. Northrop Grumman was also awarded additional contracts recently including integration, sustainment, and support of the DoN LAIRCM systems.
According to the company, Northrop Grumman will integrate the latest version of the DoN LAIRCM system onto U.S. aircraft. The DoN LAIRCM is currently in service on both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Additionally, Northrop Grumman will install DoN LAIRCM systems on aircraft owned by allied governments.
Under this latest task order, Northrop Grumman officials claim the company will continue to provide support and maintenance for the DoN LAIRCM systems that are currently installed on U.S. military aircraft. Touted as being among the most advanced aircraft survivability equipment available, Northrop Grumman's LAIRCM system is designed to provide maximum aircraft and aircrew survivability.
The DoN LAIRCM system is intended to defend aircraft against surface-to-air infrared missile threats. The system automatically counters advanced infrared missile systems by detecting, tracking, and jamming the threat with a high-intensity laser beam.