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new subprograms, ATIRCM QRC, CMWS,
and CIRCM. What this seemed to mean
was, even if BAE Systems won CIRCM, the
ATIRCM production program would soon
be dead, just as it was finally born. By
early 2017, even ATIRCM QRC production
had finally ended, and any future for
ATIRCM has apparently ended with it.

CIRCM: NAVY BAILS AFTER
ATIRCM-STYLE DELAYS?
In mid-2010, the US Army released a
draft RFP for the CIRCM program and was

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expected to award at least two 21-month
CIRCM Technology Development (TD)
contracts in early 2011, with flight
tests beginning in 2012. Plans called for
CIRCM First Unit Equipped (FUE) in 2017
and set a procurement objective of 1,076
CIRCM systems for Army Apache, Black
Hawk, upgraded Kiowa Warrior and other helicopters, potentially worth more
than $3 billion.
By February 2011, delays had slipped
the planned TD contract award to the
third quarter of 2011, with a two-year

sole-source EMD contract award planned
for late 2013.
In January 2012, the Army finally
awarded 21-month TD contracts to
Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows,
IL), and BAE Systems (Nashua, NH),
with Milestone B planned for a notright-around-the-corner
1QFY2015,
and an EMD award to be announced in
2QFY2015. In late 2012, CIRCM program
officials planned for a LRIP decision in
3QFY2017 and First Unit Equipped (FUE)
in 3QFY2019. The Army's sense of urgency seemed to cool, somewhat, compared
to the 2009-2010 timeframe, when the
program was first announced.
In August 2015, following Technology Development and a relatively stable
schedule, the Army awarded Northrop
Grumman the CIRCM engineering and
manufacturing development (EMD) contract, with options for low-rate initial
production (LRIP). And, in February
2016, the FY2017 OCO (Overseas Contingency Operations) budget funded initial
production of 76 CIRCM B-kits, to be delivered beginning in November 2017 at a
rate of 10 per month.
Thus, overall, the US Army seems to
be serious about CIRCM, but is just not
in as big a rush as previously claimed
(the initial CIRCM B-kits to be delivered in 2017 can't be final configuration
versions, in part because procurement
funding shrinks to only $6.3 million in
FY2018). On the other hand, this "serious but not immediate" need was also
the case throughout 20 years of ATIRCM
development, so analysts at Teal Group
believe CIRCM funding will stay strong,
but actual production may continue to
be delayed.
In terms of CIRCM production numbers, it is also the same ATIRCM promise
all over again. In July 2010 the Defense
Acquisition Executive (DAE) directed
that the CIRCM program be the sole acquisition of future laser-based infrared
countermeasure systems for all rotarywing, tilt-rotor, and small fixed wing
aircraft across the Department of Defense. But, by mid-2017, we still had not
seen any real production systems, and
ATIRCM itself was only procured for fewer than 100 US Army CH-47 helicopters.
Thus, it should not be surprising
that despite continuing claimed dedica-

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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
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