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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 1,000
Also Known As: AN/AAQ-24(V)25, DoN LAIRCM and Guardian
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: LAIRCM G3
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: 1,000
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Description: The Guardian is a laser-based, aircraft-mounted, directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) leveraging combat-proven technologies from the military range developed by Northrop-Grumman. It is intended for use on commercial aircraft protecting them against man-portable, shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS). The most likely scenario which Guardian was developed for, is a ground-based terrorist attack using such a missiles.

The Guardian was designed, developed and fabricated by Northrop-Grumman under a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiative and will be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2005. In the early 2005, Northrop-Grumman announced that it was going to install and flight test the Guardian on Boeing 747 and MD-11 platforms during 2005. Northrop-Grumman expects that Guardian will cost less than its military counterparts such as the AN/AAQ-24. The Department of Navy's Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (DoN LAIRCM) program scope includes installation of Guardian on US Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters operating in Afghanistan and on ship-based CH-46E helicopters. In 2019 the LAIRCM G3 was ready for deployment onboard KC-135 aircraft.

LAIRCM G3 Applications

Support Aircraft CH-46E Sea Knight CH-53E Super Stallion KC-135 Stratotanker


There are 12 news between
8 Aug 2006 and 24 Sep 2019
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019FMS: Qatar Seeks LAIRCM Countermeasures
Wednesday, April 17, 2019KC-135 LAIRCM G3 Countermeasure System Ready for Production and Deployment
Friday, April 28, 2017FMS: New Zealand Wants Four P-8A Poseidon Maritime Aircraft
Wednesday, December 21, 2016FMS: Norway Requests Sale of Five P-8A Aircraft
Monday, June 25, 2012Northrop Grumman to Deliver Advanced Threat Warning Sensors to the US Navy
Thursday, April 28, 2011Northrop Grumman Delivers 1000th Guardian Laser Transmitter Assembly
Tuesday, March 8, 2011Guardian Anti-Missile System Flight Tested on KC-135 Aircraft
Monday, January 17, 2011Air National Guard to Conduct Evaluation of Guardian Anti-Missile System on KC-135
Tuesday, August 10, 2010US Navy to Integrate Guardian Countermeasures on CH-53D, CH-53E, and CH-46E Helicopters
Thursday, October 25, 2007Guardian Airliner Anti-Missile System Achieves 12,000 Operating Hours

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