BAE, Northrop Land Army Contract Modifications for IR Countermeasure R&D

ContractBAE Systems and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) have received contract modifications from the U.S. Army to continue helping the branch develop countermeasure technology for protecting aircraft from infrared-guided missiles.

The Army awarded a $8, 005, 521 modification to BAE and $10, 006, 600 to Northrop under the service’s Common Infrared Countermeasure Technology Development program, the Defense Department said Thursday.

BAE and Northrop will provide CIRCM research, development, and testing services to the service through March 14, 2015.

Both contracts were awarded by the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

The branch wants the CIRCM platform to defend against man portable air defense systems and also have a pointer and tracking device, an IR laser and a system processor unit.

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