Northrop Grumman's Infrared Missile Warning System enters full rate production

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., 15 May 2012. The NexGen Infrared missile warning system (MWS), a system Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) designed, built and tested protection system for C-17, EC-130J, HC/MC-130J and other Air Force aircraft, was authorized for full rate production by the U.S. Air Force.

Infrared MWS use the infrared radiation that missiles release in order to detect missiles. Unlike ultra violet MWS, an infrared system does not necessarily require the missile's motor to be burning in order to detect threats. In addition, infrared MWS allow for directional information for deployment of decoys and evasive maneuvers.

Northrop Grumman's IRCM systems are now installed or scheduled for installation on many military aircraft across the Department of Defense to protect different types of large fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing platforms from infrared missile attacks.

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