Next step in infrared countermeasures development will involve protecting UAVs from missile attack
TUCSON, Ariz., 16 Oct. 2011. Missile-defense experts at the Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN) Missile Systems segment in Tucson, Ariz., are offering their Common Infrared Counter Measures (CIRCM) system for a U.S. Army competition to protect combat helicopters and other aircraft by jamming the infrared guidance systems of heat-seeking missiles and diverting the missiles away from the aircraft. Raytheon officials also are proposing their CIRCM system for protecting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), because the Raytheon CIRCM weighs 15 pounds -- which is small enough for many medium- and large-sized military UAVs such as the Predator and Global Hawk UAVs.
Directional infrared counter measures (DIRCM) systems use low-power lasers to confuse the guidance systems of sophisticated missiles and divert them away from aircraft. Once fielded, CIRCM systems will shield the Army's combat helicopters from guided missiles. A contract downselect is expected in early 2012.
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