Northrop Grumman is developing a new directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system called iDIRCM for use on helicopters and aircraft. The company said the system will be commercially available and that it is being developed with Selex Galileo.

"This is strictly a commercial item," said a Northrop Grumman executive at the company's chalet. By providing the system on a commercial basis using commercially available components, prospective buyers can avoid the US foreign military sales (FMS) process.

DIRCM systems have been widely deployed on large military aircraft operated by nations such as the USA, the UK and Italy. The system counters infrared homing missiles by directing a laser beam at the missile's seeker head.

Source: Flight Daily News