Northrop GrummanÂ has shipped an initial batchÂ ofÂ Common Infrared CountermeasureÂ missile defense systems to the U.S. ArmyÂ as part of an engineering and manufacturing development contract awarded in August 2015.
The Army received the CIRCMsÂ after the company completed software qualification tests to evaluate the systemâ€™s performance and compliance with programÂ requirements, NorthropÂ said Tuesday.
CIRCM is designed to help protect rotary wing and medium fixed wing aircraft from man-portable air-defense systems and other heat-seeking munitions.
Carl Smith, vice president of the mission solutions, land and avionics C4ISR division at Northrop, saidÂ company works with its partnersÂ Daylight Solutions and Leonardo to bring the technology into the hands of warfighters.
The system is designed withÂ an ECLIPSE pointer/tracker, a lightweight processor and aÂ Quantum Cascade Laser technology.