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LaBarge awarded follow-on to support DIRCM

ST. LOUIS, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. company Northrop Grumman has contracted LaBarge Inc. to provide the Directional Infrared Countermeasure system with electronic technologies.

Under the follow-on contract, Missouri-based LaBarge will continue to provide Northrop Grumman with electronic equipment to support the AN/AAQ-24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasure, or DIRCM, system.

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According to a news release, Northrop Grumman's DIRCM system is designed to protect aircraft by "automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat, and activating a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile."

LaBarge, which has worked on the DIRCM aircraft protection program for more than 10 years, will produce the electronic equipment at its Oklahoma facility as part of the $2.3 million contract.

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