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NEXT-GENERATION DIRCM 10-YEAR FUNDING FORECAST
FY17

FY18

FY19

FY20

FY21

FY22

FY23

FY24

FY25

FY26

TOTAL

Future Low-Cost DIRCM

22

32

42

66

92

120

144

162

182

198

1060

Future Fast Jet DIRCM

20

22

44

52

60

68

72

68

86

104

596

alongside the truly low-cost systems.
CIRCM will be worth $200 million or
more each year to Northrop Grumman
- not exactly LAIRCM numbers, but not
bad for a system which is not likely to
be truly "low-cost."
So, as with all truly competitive programs, low-cost system profits will suffer from success, while US government
Programs of Record like CIRCM (and
ATIRCM) will continue to earn healthy
margins even after hundreds of millions
of dollars spent for development (again,
think JSF...).
The potential up-side for new DIRCM
systems developers might be that if a
competitor comes up with a genuine $1
million DIRCM system - as long sought
- CIRCM could see production numbers
shrink, or even see an ATIRCM-like collapse of the production phase of the program. But, this time around, the Army
and Navy both seem willing to buy a
$2.5 million "low-cost" system, at least
for some platforms, and both CIRCM and
the Navy's new DRS Technologies-developed DAIRCM seem to have this unit
cost on track.
It is obvious which program most
top-tier defense companies would rather
have, and which they will lobby hard

for, but this also increases the likelihood that our Future Low-Cost DIRCM
and MWS Systems funding outlook will
be much more available to non-top tier
defense industry monoliths.

THE HIGH END = FAST JETS:
NEXT DECADE'S LAIRCM?
TADIRCM (Tactical Aircraft Directed
IR Counter Measures) was a US Navy
development program for a DIRCM system for tactical aircraft (fast combat
jets), originally planned for the F/A18E/F Super Hornet, to be carried in a
wing-mounted pod. Raytheon, Northrop
Grumman, and BAE Systems all participated in TADIRCM development, beginning in the mid-1990s, and in January
2002 the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD)
also awarded BAE Systems a technology demonstration contract for their
own Fast Jet DIRCM program, to protect
Tornados and possibly Eurofighters. But
following an initial TADIRCM suitability
assessment completed in 2006, the program was split and postponed.
When TADIRCM was split, the Navy
eventually envisioned a full Assault
DIRCM suite for almost 1,000 small and
large helicopters and the MV-22 - discussed above - but also a Strike DIRCM,

which would eventually use TADIRCM
technology to develop a podded family
of systems for fast jets. Strike DIRCM
was then seemingly unfunded for years,
but plans were for Strike DIRCM to debut
with a third-generation MWS with four
to six two-color staring sensors providing full spherical coverage around the
aircraft. There would be one or two lasers and a compact pointer-tracker for
the DIRCM itself.
Eventually, to some degree coming
full circle after a decade of LAIRCM and
CIRCM developments for slow-flying aircraft, in August 2016 the Directed Energy Directorate of the USAF's Air Force
Research Laboratory (AFRL), awarded
Northrop Grumman a $39.3 million, fiveyear contract for development efforts as
part of the SHiELD Turret Research in
Aero Effects (STRAFE) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) program,
for a laser-based self-defense DIRCM
system for pod-mounting on fast jets.
STRAFE is part of the Directorate's Selfprotect High Energy Laser Demonstrator
(SHiELD) program.
Under the STRAFE contract, Northrop
will develop and deliver an advanced
beam control system for integration as
part of a larger program for a complete

Next-Generation DIRCM Funding Forecast
(RDT&E+Procurement)
300
FY17 $ Millions

The Journal of Electronic Defense | November 2017

32

RDT&E+Proc.
(FY17$ Millions)

225
150
75
0

FY17

FY18

FY19

FY20

FY21

Future Low-Cost DIRCM

FY22

FY23

Future Fast Jet DIRCM

FY24

FY25

FY26



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

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
World Report
Forecast: Future of DIRCM
Sensor Fusion for 4th Gen Fighters
Technology Survey: ELINT Receivers
54th Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - November 2017 - intro
JED - November 2017 - cover1
JED - November 2017 - cover2
JED - November 2017 - 3
JED - November 2017 - 4
JED - November 2017 - 5
JED - November 2017 - The View From Here
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JED - November 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - November 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - November 2017 - From the President
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JED - November 2017 - insert1
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