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Northrop gets $120M award from Britain

July 18, 2013 at 10:26 AM

LONDON, July 18 (UPI) -- Systems that protect British military aircraft from surface-to-air missiles are to receive repair, sustainment and logistics services from Northrop Grumman.

The work on the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures systems will be performed under a $120 million contract issued the company by the Ministry of Defense.

"For nearly 20 years, we have been working in partnership with the U.K. MOD to give military aircrews protection from infrared-guided missiles," said Carl Smith, vice president of infrared countermeasures at Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. "With this award, we continue that long-standing relationship and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining a world-class technical support capability in the U.K."

Northrop notes that infrared counter-measure systems are installed -- or scheduled to be installed -- on more than 700 British military aircraft, from fixed-wing transports to helicopters.

The system detects a missile launch and actives a high-intensity, laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.

Work under the contract will be performed in Britain as well as in the United States.

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