TUCSON, Ariz., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) submitted its Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) proposal to the U.S. Army. Using mature, proven, in-production technology, Raytheon will compete as a prime to develop the next-generation directed infrared countermeasure system.
"We are an experienced contender and have made a significant investment for this type of technology development," said Mike Booen, Raytheon's vice president of the Advanced Security and Directed Energy Systems product line. "Ever since the U.S. Army's Broad Area Announcement, our team has made significant advances to ensure we meet the customer's requirements. Our CIRCM system is ready to go, and I know the Army will be extremely pleased with our light, reliable and producible system."
Raytheon's pointer-tracker system is scalable and has demonstrated modular open system architecture. For the purpose of CIRCM, Raytheon will use Northrop Grumman's ASALTT™ quantum cascade laser and Curtiss-Wright's COTS processors.
"Leveraging more than eight years of time-tested technologies, Raytheon is uniquely positioned to create a countermeasures solution that jams the infrared guidance systems of heat-seeking missiles and diverts them away from the aircraft," said Booen.