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Upgrade to Self-Protection System Keeps AWACS Safe

Sept. 17, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept. 16, 2013)


MANCHING, Germany --- On a cool and cloudy morning, personnel from NAPMA, Force Command and the E-3A Component landed in Manching, Germany, for a ceremony in commemoration of the completion of the NATO E-3A Large Aircraft Infra-Red Counter Measures (LAIRCM) Retrofit Program.


The LAIRCM project to install a Northrop Grumman countermeasure system on the NATO E-3A AWACS started more than six years ago to upgrade the aircraft’s self-protection system. With the last E-3A retrofitted with LAIRCM, the component’s entire fleet is now standardized to defend itself against man-portable air defense weapons such as stingers.


The June 5 ceremony started with speeches, followed by the official transfer of the aircraft to Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt, who declared this LAIRCM fully operational. Gen. Schmidt then handed NL-17 back to Col. Paul Bell, E-3A Component Logistics Wing commander. Now while it was a typical ceremony, the impact LAIRCM has is tremendous.


“This critical capability is what enables our NATO AWACS fleet to operate in combat operations today and LAIRCM will keep us safe for a long time to come,” the general said.


LAIRCM, an autonomous defensive system, gives crews immediate situational awareness using an integrated display in the flight deck.


“It gives us the real protection we need to operate in a tough combat environment,” Gen. Schmidt said. “It allows us to get the job done safely every day.”


With the protection that LAIRCM provides, the component has been able to conduct more than 480 missions in support of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. LAIRCM is the key enabler which gives the E-3A the ability to conduct out-of-area operations anywhere at any time.


“It is the reason we are the only AWACS based in Afghanistan today,” the general said. “We would not have been based there for the last year without the ability to protect our NATO aircraft and our aircrew from the enemy.”

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May 16, 2013 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress May 14 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for two AN/AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Systems and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $110 million.


The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of 2 AN/AAQ-24(V) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Systems for B747-800 Aircraft, 11 Small Laser Transmitter Assemblies, 3 System Processors/Repeaters, 14 AN/AAR-54 Missile Warning Sensors, User Data Module Cards and Control Interface Units, Multi-role Electro-Optic End-to-End test set, Card Memory, Smart Cards, and Support Equipment, Consumables, and Flight Test/Certification. Also included are tools and test equipment, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documents, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $110 million.


This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.


Qatar requests these capabilities to provide for the protection of its head-of-state aircraft fleet. LAIRCM will provide increased protection from missile threats. The proposed purchase of LAIRCM will enhance the safety of Qatar's political leadership, promoting stability and global engagement of a friendly country.


The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.


The prime contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corporation of Rolling Meadows, Illinois. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.


Implementation of this proposed sale will require U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Qatar for a period of 10 years to provide program and technical support and training.


There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.


This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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