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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 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 E-7A Wedgetail MC-130J Commando II

AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM News

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019FMS: New Zealand Requests Sale of Five C-130J Aircraft
Wednesday, February 6, 2019FMS: India Seeks Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Self-Protection Suite
Monday, December 17, 2018US Air Force Orders $3.6 Billion Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures
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

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