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By Dr. David L. Rockwell

Defense firms are already positioning
themselves to capture this new market
- for example, in March 2017, Leonardo
DRS announced its plan to acquire DIRCM
laser developer Daylight Solutions.
In this article, we will look at existing and currently-planned DIRCM
systems - from Northrop Grumman's
dominant Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures (LAIRCM) program, which has
peaked in terms of production, to the
Army and Navy's newly funded - but
far from guaranteed - procurements of
Common IR Countermeasures (CIRCM)
and Assault DIRCM (ADIRCM). In the
next article, we will speculatively look
at potential next-next-generation systems, including future lower-cost DIRCMs for smaller helicopters and aircraft,
and future fast-jet DIRCM systems, recently funded through the SHiELD program after a decade-long development
hiatus, for US Air Force, US Navy, and
international 4th-generation fighters,
such as F-15s, F-16s, F/A-18s, and maybe
even Eurofighters and others.

THE LEGACY: LAIRCM AND ATIRCM
As is clear from Teal Group's 20-year
historical and forecast program fund-

20-YEAR DIRCM MARKET FUNDING HISTORY AND FORECAST CHART
DIRCM Market Funding
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The Journal of Electronic Defense | June 2017

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The threat environment has changed
significantly in the past few years, with
new Russian aggression in Eastern Europe and now the Middle East, as well as
Chinese expansionism and continuing
military growth in Asia. Almost thirty
years after the Cold War ended, geopolitics have circled back to the potential
for peer or near-peer conflicts in welldefended, anti-access/area denial (A2/
AD) environments, or - another Cold War
legacy - conflicts where modern Russian
SAMs could be provided to non-state
actors even in minor conflicts. "Little
green men" can shoot down Apaches,
Blackhawks and Ospreys as easily as can
uniformed troops, and "hybrid warfare"
in any region can impose modern infrared (IR) man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) threats that US forces
must be prepared for. Because of this,
the directed infrared countermeasures
(DIRCM) market is heating up again.
In a series of two articles, Teal Group
Corp., a provider of defense and aerospace competitive intelligence based
in Fairfax, Virginia for nearly 30 years,
forecasts steady, continuing growth in
the DIRCM market over the next decade,
especially for new technology systems.

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JED - June 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - June 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
DIRCM Past & Present
Technology Survey: GaN Transistors
EW 101
Report from the 42nd Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
AOC News
2017 AOC International Election Guide
JED Quick Look
Index of Advertisers
JED - June 2017 - intro
JED - June 2017 - cover1
JED - June 2017 - cover2
JED - June 2017 - 3
JED - June 2017 - 4
JED - June 2017 - 5
JED - June 2017 - The View From Here
JED - June 2017 - 7
JED - June 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - June 2017 - 9
JED - June 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - June 2017 - 11
JED - June 2017 - From the President
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JED - June 2017 - 14
JED - June 2017 - insert1
JED - June 2017 - insert2
JED - June 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - June 2017 - World Report
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JED - June 2017 - DIRCM Past & Present
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JED - June 2017 - Technology Survey: GaN Transistors
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JED - June 2017 - EW 101
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JED - June 2017 - Report from the 42nd Annual Collaborative EW Symposium
JED - June 2017 - AOC News
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JED - June 2017 - 2017 AOC International Election Guide
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JED - June 2017 - JED Quick Look
JED - June 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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