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Northrop Grumman Wins $3.6B Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures Contract
Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (Image: Northrop Grumman)

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $3.6 billion contract for Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures (LAIRCM) equipment and support.

This contract provides for LAIRCM line replaceable units, support equipment, logistics support related activities, systems and sustaining engineering, program management, and other efforts necessary supporting efforts specified in each task/delivery order.

Work is expected to be completed by December 2025.  This contract involves numerous foreign military sales requirements and is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

According to the company website,the LAIRCM system is a laser-based countermeasures system that protects large fixed-wing transports and small rotary-wing aircraft from an infrared missile attack by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat, and activating a high-intensity countermeasure system to track and defeat the threat.

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