ITT Corporation has developed a system to protect helicopters from shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles. The countermeasures system has been submitted as a candidate for the U.S. military“™s Common Infrared Countermeasures program. The program employs an open-system architecture and rugged fiber optic technology to reduces weight while maintaining system reliability.
Helicopters have been more in demand because of their heavy use in humanitarian, relief and military operations. ITT“™s countermeasures technology was developed with the expectation that it will meet future needs while addressing the known deficiencies of legacy systems.
“Drawing on our 50 years of electronic warfare systems experience, we“™ve integrated the best components from across the industry and have taken a truly modular approach to address the Army“™s evolving infrared guided threats,“ said Chris Bernhardt, president of ITT Electronic Systems.
About four rounds of tests have taken place at a military facility to ensure the technology“™s maturity. In the government-supervised field exercises, the ITT system operated successfully with several different missile warning systems and countermeasure lasers.