NG marks DIRCM delivery milestone

March 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., March 18 (UPI) -- U.S. company Northrop Grumman reached a milestone with the delivery of its 500th Directional Infrared Countermeasures system.

The U.S. military received its 500th DIRCM aircraft self-protection technology as part of a program with defense contractor Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems unit.

Northrop Grumman says its DIRCM systems, deployed by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy with approximately 50 types of fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing aircraft, is designed to automatically detect a missile threat and activate a countermeasure system.

"Your DIRCM system is a high priority inside the U.S. Marine Corps because it protects the pilots out flying important missions every day," Dan Johnson, Navy DIRCM Systems Integrated Product team lead, said in a statement.

"It allows us to go where we need to go, whenever we need to be there."

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