Northrop Grumman announced at the show that its 15-week flight test programme to check the effectiveness of its AN/AAQ-24(V) directional infrared countermeasures system (DIRCM) has been completed successfully.

Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector has been working with the UK Ministry of Defence and the US Special Operations Command to develop the large scale transmitter system.

It says it has now verified the system's threat detection function and capability to handoff the threat from its missile warning system to a fine track sensor with simulated missile launches.


The system is designed for use on both rotary and fixed wing aircraft.

Two versions have been developed to accommodate a wide variety of aircraft.

The latest set of tests on the large DIRCM were carried out on a test C-130 aircraft.

Previous tests on the small DIRCM have been conducted on a Sea King helicopter.

The package is designed to have lasers integrated, which Northrop Grumman says it has in development, and will add to the EIRCM's ability to detect and activate counter measures in the event of a missile attack.

Source: Flight Daily News