WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman Systems has received a $41 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures, or LAIRCM, Line Replaceable Unit acquisition.
Work will be performed in Illinois and has an expected completion date of August 2018.
The contract involves a 1.9 percent foreign military sale to Australia and Canada.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.
The LAIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat and activates a high-intensity, laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.
Northrop Grumman's assorted infrared countermeasure systems are installed or scheduled for installation on more than 1,000 military aircraft worldwide.