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Northrop tests counter-measure system hardware

Sept. 23, 2013 at 3:42 PM   |   Comments

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Prototype hardware of Northrop Grumman's Common Infrared Countermeasure system has successfully undergone flight safety testing.

The testing followed preliminary design review by the U.S. Army.

"Passing each of the testing requirements makes a clear statement that the Northrop Grumman CIRCM system is ready and safe to fly, and provides more factual evidence and proof of the maturity of our solution," said Jeff Palombo, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. "Our open architecture solution continues to meet program requirements while achieving on-time performance, propelling us toward the EMD phase of the program and the fielding of the next generation of aircraft survivability for our warfighters."

Northrop's CIRCM system is a lightweight, low-cost, high-reliability laser-based counter-measure system for aircraft, integrating and operating with legacy and emerging missile warning systems for rotary wing, tilt-rotor and small fixed-wing aircraft.

The flight safety testing was conducted last month, Northrop said, and involved the exposure of prototype hardware to intense environmental conditions, such as temperature, vibration, altitude and humidity extremes and shock.

Additional details were not provided.

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