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Northrop Grumman gets $45 million infrared countermeasure contract modification

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has been awarded a $45 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures program.

The deal involves processor replacement and support hardware.

Work will be performed in Illinois and is expected to be completed by April 2018.

A portion of the current action relates to unclassified foreign military sales, including Australia.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is the contracting activity.

The program was first fielded in 2005 and is a defensive system for large transport and rotary-wing aircraft that combines a missile warning system and infrared laser jammer countermeasure system to protect the aircraft.

The system provides automatic protection against shoulder-fired, vehicle-launched, and other infrared-guided missiles.

It is used during normal takeoff and landings, assault landings, tactical descents, air drops, low-level flight and aerial refueling.