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AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 8
Unitary Cost: USD$52 million
Also Known As: Advanced Threat Warning and AN/AAQ-24V(13)
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: AN/AAQ-24 DIRCM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: 200
Family Members: AN/AAQ-24 Nemesis
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Description: The LAIRCM (Large Aircraft IR CounterMeasures) has been developed to protect US large aircraft from IR guided man-portable surface-to-air missiles. It is a derivative of the proven AN/AAQ-24 Nemesis Directional IR CounterMeasure (DIRCM) system. LAIRCM uses missile warning system to detect and incoming missile, then the protection system directs a pointer-tracker to the missile's seeker jamming it with a IR laser energy beam.

The system is a fully autonomous system not requiring inputs coming from the aircraft crew. LAIRCM is being offered to the commercial aviation segment as a protection mechanism against any potential terrorist attack using man-portable, shoulder-launced surface-to-air missiles.

To date, LAIRCM has been selected for integration onto the US Air Force (USAF) C-5B, C-130 and C-17 cargo aircraft; the MC-130H Talon special operations aircraft; and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) A330 tanker and 737 AEW&C. As of July 2005, the USAF had contracts on order for integration of LAIRCM high-intensity modulated laser beam countermeasures on 56 C-17s through 2007.

In July 2006, the US Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the first order of an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at roughly $50 million to deliver LAIRCM hardware for installation on C-17 and C-130 transport aircrafts. The five-year IDIQ could be worth $3.2 billion including spares and related services. The contract will expire by December 2010 and will support potential foreign military sales of LAIRCM laser-based countermeasure system.

The US Air Force awarded Northrop-Grumman a $104.6 million contract to provide LAIRCM countermeasures to NATO NE-3A AEW&C aircraft fleet on November 3, 2006. The contract comprises 17 Group A kits, 7 Group B kits, 10 additional Group B kits without small laser transmitter assemblies, and supporting spares. Two trial aircraft - one in the United States and a second one in Germany - will be equipped with LAIRCM countermeasures that might be enhanced if needed following the challenge posed by E-3's radar system. Implementation work was expected to be complete December 2009.

AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM Applications


Combat Aircraft AC-130J Ghostrider Private Aircraft Global 5000 Support Aircraft 737 AEW&C A330 MRTT C-130J Super Hercules C-17A Globemaster III C-5 Galaxy CH-46E Sea Knight CH-53D Sea Stallion CH-53E Super Stallion E-3 Sentry MC-130J Commando II

AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM News

There are 32 news between
8 Aug 2005 and 28 Apr 2017
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Friday, April 28, 2017FMS: NATO Requests Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System Components
Wednesday, November 16, 2016FMS: Korea Seeks LAIRCM Countermeasures System for Four A330 MRTT Aircraft
Wednesday, September 21, 2016FMS: Japan Seeks Four KC-46A Pegasus Air Tanker Aircrafts
Wednesday, February 24, 2016FMS: United Arab Emirates Seeks Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures
Wednesday, November 12, 2014FMS: Australia Requests Sale of Four C-17A Globemaster III Aircraft
Tuesday, August 12, 2014FMS: Canada Seeks LAIRCM Countermeasures for its CP-140 Aircraft
Wednesday, June 18, 2014Northrop Grumman Receives Contract Modification for LAIRCM Missile Defense System
Thursday, July 18, 2013Northrop Grumman Selected by UK MoD to Support Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Systems
Wednesday, May 15, 2013FMS: Oman Requests Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Systems
FMS: Qatar Requests LAIRCM Laser-Based Countermeasure Systems

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