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Northrop Secures $959M Army Contract for Common IR Countermeasure System Production

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has received a $959.1 million contract from the U.S. Army to build aircraft common infrared countermeasure systems following the service branch’s decision to clear the IR-guided missile defense technology for full-rate production.

The Department of Defense said Friday the firm-fixed-price contract includes orders which will determine work locations and funding.

In March, Army deemed Northrop’s CIRCM as operationally suitable and ready for production after the system completed and passed initial operational test and evaluation efforts that took six months.

The IOT&E activity assessed CIRCM’s missile detection capability as well as its ability to engage and destroy threats.

Northrop designed the systems to have a dual-jammer configuration for both aircrew protection and aircraft survivability, and a next generation open architecture framework for future modernizations depending on mission needs.

Army expects the contract to be completed by April 29, 2026.

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