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e DIRCM Market Growth
A C-130 Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift
Squadron, takes off at Yokota Air Base,
Japan, during a routine sortie. The LAIRCM's
starboard jamming turret is mounted in the
rear portion of the fuselage on the stub just
aft of the Air Force insignia. (USAF)

Future Fast Jet DIRCM
Future Low-Cost DIRCM
Navy ADIRCM/CIRCM
Army CIRCM (NG >'16)
LAIRCM/DIRCM (NG)
ATIRCM (BAE)
AN/ALQ-144 (BAE)
Other+Commercial

duction standpoint, the only important
system - optimized for large transport
aircraft such as C-5s, C-17s, and C-130s.
Integration on these large platforms,
and the pioneering nature of LAIRCM,
have meant high per-unit costs. No other DIRCM in the next decade will focus
on such large aircraft, and any highvolume production program will likely
see cost-savings learned from a decade
of LAIRCM experience.
In September 2001, Northrop Grumman won the LAIRCM SDD contract,
and the first LAIRCM-equipped C-130H
completed IOT&E in July 2004. LAIRCM
soon became a huge program, and un-

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ing chart, the DIRCM market has risen
with - and will fall with - Northrop
Grumman's AN/AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM Program. LAIRCM is the past decade's most
important DIRCM system - from a pro-

like other US DIRCM developments, it
went without a hitch. A $2 billion to
$6 billion program cost for LAIRCM was
originally suggested by the Air Force,
for more than 900 Air Mobility Command
aircraft, which sounded outlandish at
the time. But by late 2011, at least $3
billion had already been spent.
Several big years saw accelerated procurements to equip nearly every large
US fixed-wing aircraft anywhere near
the front lines, as well as some smaller
aircraft and large helicopters. Deliveries
began in 2011 for Marine Corps helicopters, and MV-22 production is ongoing.
Small international sales, especially for
head-of-state aircraft, also continue.
But LAIRCM's production peak was
reached a few years ago, with US Air
Force procurement funding of $486 million in FY2012 encompassing all major
platforms - C-5, C-17, legacy C-130, and
C-130J. Funding has dropped off sharply
since FY2012, and budgeted US Air Force
procurement funding dropped to only
$13 million in FY2015, as most major Air
Force programs were complete. USMC rotary-wing procurements will continue,
but production for CH-53D/Es and CH46Es has also ended, with only production for the MV-22 continuing in bulk.
Instead, US Air Force funding is scheduled to ramp back up - to reach $136 million in FY2017 - for upgrades from Phase
I to Phase II LAIRCM systems, but after
that, budgeted funding drops again.
Of course, some new aircraft types
will add LAIRCM in the future, including
the possibility of a podded LAIRCM for
several hundred KC-135 tankers (testing beginning in 2011, with additional
funding for Block 30 development in
2015). But with the new CIRCM program

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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
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JED - June 2017 - The View From Here
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JED - June 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - June 2017 - From the President
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