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NORTHROP GRUMMAN WINS CIRCM/
BAE SYSTEMS FILES PROTEST
The Journal of Electronic Defense | October 2015

The US Army has selected Northrop
Grumman as the contractor for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Common
Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM)
program. On behalf of the US Army
Project Manager for Aircraft Survivability Equipment (PM ASE), Army
Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (AL) announced the award last
month to Northrop Grumman's Land
& Self Protection Systems Division
in Rolling Meadows, IL. The initial
award of $35.4 million in FY2015 Research Development Test & Evaluation
(RDT&E) funding supports a cost-plusfixed-fee, fixed-price incentive, and
firm-fixed-price hybrid contract, with
options for Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and LowRate Initial Production (LRIP). If all
options are exercised, the EMD/LRIP
contract provides for 71 systems with
a total contract value of $140.2 million. However, the program has been
temporarily suspended while the Government Accountability Office (GAO)
reviews a protest lodged by BAE Systems Electronic Systems (Nashua,
NH) contesting the contract award to
Northrop Grumman.
CIRCM is a Special Interest, ACAT 1D
program to provide a lightweight, low
cost, laser-based IR countermeasure capability for all rotary-wing, tilt-rotor,
and small fixed wing aircraft across
the DOD. It is planned to be a fully integrated element of an Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) suite that
includes passive missile warning, an improved countermeasures dispenser and
advanced expendable countermeasures.
In the Army's press release announcing the award, COL Jong H. Lee, Project
Manager for ASE said, "My number one

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priority as a project manager is to protect our soldiers' lives - in this case,
aviators and their passengers - against
the current threats out there. The Common Infrared Countermeasures program
is going to do that. It will increase protection of our service members against
ever-evolving threats."
Northrop Grumman's CIRCM offering included major contributions from
partners Daylight Solutions (San Diego,
CA) and Selex ES, (Edinburgh, Scotland).
Jeff Palombo, Sector Vice President and
General Manager of Northrop Grumman's
Land & Self Protection Systems, says
this partnership played a significant
part in the Government's evaluation.
"When you look at the strengths identified in our proposal and/or performance,
our strengths were divided up across the
teammates, so besides Northrop Grumman's contribution, Daylight Solutions'
(cascade laser) laser technology, and
Selex ES's pointer-tracker technology all
played a part in the total system solution from a technical, manufacturing
and test, and resource standpoint. So

each of the partners really did play a
critical role for us."
Palombo believes their success illustrates the value of their approach. "As
a big company, you can always believe
that you have the resources and the
brainpower to do anything in our industry. We have spectacular people in our
company also, but, at the same time, you
have to ask if you really have enough
time and enough investment dollars to
be the best at everything all the time.
I think this is a good example of how
you can reach across industry to other
large businesses, small businesses, and
international businesses, and obtain
a significant contribution by combining such different players. I think that
is one of the things that we've done
uniquely in aircraft survivability and in
avionics integration."
In 2012, Northrop Grumman and
BAE Systems were both awarded
21-month Technology Demonstration
contracts to produce competing solutions for the CIRCM program. Following that phase, the Army's plan is to



JED - October 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - October 2015

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Going Small: Jamming the Mini-Drones
EW Simulation and Testing: Keeping Up With the Threat
Technology Survey: EW and SIGINT Antennas
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - October 2015 - cover1
JED - October 2015 - cover2
JED - October 2015 - 3
JED - October 2015 - 4
JED - October 2015 - 5
JED - October 2015 - The View From Here
JED - October 2015 - 7
JED - October 2015 - Conferences Calendar
JED - October 2015 - 9
JED - October 2015 - Courses Calendar
JED - October 2015 - 11
JED - October 2015 - From the President
JED - October 2015 - 13
JED - October 2015 - 14
JED - October 2015 - The Monitor
JED - October 2015 - 16
JED - October 2015 - 17
JED - October 2015 - 18
JED - October 2015 - 19
JED - October 2015 - 20
JED - October 2015 - 21
JED - October 2015 - World Report
JED - October 2015 - 23
JED - October 2015 - 24
JED - October 2015 - 25
JED - October 2015 - Going Small: Jamming the Mini-Drones
JED - October 2015 - 27
JED - October 2015 - 28
JED - October 2015 - 29
JED - October 2015 - 30
JED - October 2015 - EW Simulation and Testing: Keeping Up With the Threat
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JED - October 2015 - 33
JED - October 2015 - 34
JED - October 2015 - Technology Survey: EW and SIGINT Antennas
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JED - October 2015 - EW 101
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JED - October 2015 - Index of Advertisers
JED - October 2015 - JED Quick Look
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