US Air Force boosts infrared threat cover with $151m Northrop deal

Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Northrop Grumman Press Note

The US Air Force has raised its infrared threat protection of aircraft with a new deal. The $151.3 million deal with Northrop Grumman Corporation will supply Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems to the US Air Force.
The deal is part of an existing indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contract.
LAIRCM defends domestic and international aircrews. It detects, tracks and jams incoming infrared threats. It automatically counters advanced infrared missile systems by directing a high-intensity laser beam into the missile seeker.
Northrop Grumman Navigation, Targeting and Survivability Vice President Bob Gough said, “This order helps us to continue providing upgrades, modifications and production installations on many aircraft.”
The latest upgrade order will boost infrared capacities of US Air Force aircraft such as C-17, HC/MC-130J, KC-46, P-8, CH-53K, C-37 and head of state plane.
Northrop Grumman provides infrared threat protection to US Air Force for the last two decades.
More than 1,500 planes of 80 types worldwide use Northrop Grumman infrared countermeasures.