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the US ARMY AWARDS CIRCM CONTRACTS The US Army last month awarded a pair of long-anticipated contracts to begin the Technology Development (TD) phase of its next-generation rotary-wing directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) program. The Army tapped BAE Systems (Nashua, NH), under a $38 million contract and Northrop Grumman (Rolling Meadows, IL), under a $31.4 million contract to develop and deliver 11 (each) prototype CIRCM systems for evaluation. BAE Systems proposed its Boldstroke DIRCM while Northrop Grumman and teammates Selex Galileo and Daylight Solutions offered the Eclipse Pointer-Tracker and the Solaris laser unit. While the DOD currently uses first-generation DIRCM systems, such as Northrop Grumman’s AAQ-24 Large Aircraft IR Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system and BAE Systems’ ALQ-212 Advanced Threat IR Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system to monitor news INTREPID TIGER II COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTING protect its larger fixed and rotarywing aircraft, the CIRCM program is aimed at developing a lighter-weight DIRCM for smaller attack, utility and transport helicopters that cannot carry the heavier first-generation DIRCM systems. These smaller rotary-wing platforms currently rely on countermeasures flares and flashlamp IR jammers, such as the ALQ144, to defeat IR-guided missiles. Survivability against advanced IR threats, such as the SA-18 and SA24, will be significantly improved with the addition of DIRCM technology on these aircraft. The CIRCM TD phase will run through October 2013 before the Army selects one of the two contractors to continue with a two-year Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase beginning in 2014. The Army plans to make a Milestone C full-rate production decision in 2016. – J. Knowles The Marine Corps’ AN/ALQ-231(V)1 “Intrepid Tiger II” communications electronic attack pod has successfully completed Phase I performance and flight testing aboard the Service’s AV-8B Harrier aircraft. The Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) in Point Mugu, CA, is the Lead System Integrator (LSI) for the COTS-based jamming system, which is housed within an AN/ALQ-167 form factor pod shell. The pods are all fully-assembled and integrated with their system software at Point Mugu. The recent round of testing was conducted by the VX-31 and VX-9 test and evaluation squadrons at the Naval Air Weapons Station, (NAWS) in China Lake, CA. According to LtCol Jason Schuette, USMC, the EA-6B and Marine Air Ground Taskforce (MAGTF) Electronic Warfare Requirements Officer at the US Navy’s Air Warfare Division (N88), the testing, which was completed at the end of January, was very successful, with only a few “growing pains” related to such things as configuration control issues between the different EMD-model pods, radio network interference that they were able to deal with using filters, and a Hazard Review Investigation (HRI) issue related to potential on-ground radiation concerns. As described by Schuette, the Phase I Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) testing was primarily focused on proving the system’s capabilities as a communications jammer and its ability to effectively deal with the “target sets identified in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.” As such, says Schuette, “We envision the system being used in direct support of radio battalion communications jamming requireThe Journal of Electronic Defense | March 2012 15

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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
US Rotorcraft EW Programs
Technology Survey: DRFMs for EW Applications
Book Review
EW 101
AOC News
2012 AOC Industry/Institute/ University Member Guide
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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