U.S. Army's infrared countermeasure system achieves Milestone C

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. Department of Defense Milestone Decision Authority officials awarded the U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman Corp.'s joint effort to develop the Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) system the Milestone C decision, enabling the system to enter production leaving behind the development and testing phase of the program.

To achieve Milestone C, Northrop Grumman has worked closely with the Army to thoroughly test CIRCM. The system has undergone thousands of hours of laboratory, flight and to verify its performance in a range of realistic combat scenarios. Throughout the process, CIRCM demonstrated its ability to protect aircrews by .

CIRCM is a lightweight system that uses laser energy to defend aircraft against advanced missiles. It has a modular open systems architecture designed to evolve to defeat emerging infrared threats.