Canada's new CH-147F Chinook medium- to heavy-lift helicopter makes its way from the nation's capital, up the Ottawa valley to its new home at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ont., on June 27, 2013. Canada and the RCAF have purchased 15 of these Boeing helicopters. PHOTO: Cpl Darcy Lefebvre
March 25, 2015 David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
The RCAF’s new Chinook helicopters will be outfitted with a missile protection system built by Northrop Grumman Corporation.
As part of the advanced aircraft survivability equipment suite, the latest generation directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system protects the Chinook and its crew by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat and activating a high-intensity, laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile, the U.S. firm stated in a news release.
Northrop Grumman’s various infrared countermeasure systems are now installed or scheduled for installation on more than 1,000 military aircraft around the world to protect 55 different types of large fixed-wing transports and rotary-wing platforms from infrared missile attacks, the firm noted.
No details were provided on the value of the contract or when the systems would be delivered.