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BAE Systems equips U.S. Army helicopters with Infrared Countermeasures

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook, equipped with the CMWS/ATIRCM suite, expends flares during recent flight tests. U.S. Army photo
NASHUA, New Hampshire - BAE Systems has successfully installed the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook aircraft. The ATIRCM system is a laser-based, directable countermeasures system that protects helicopters against attack by missiles.

The ATIRCM system and AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System greatly enhances overall aircraft survivability against current and evolving threats. Its installation follows a series of rigorous qualification, field, and flight tests. The first systems were installed ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline for the Army's ATIRCM quick-reaction capability program.

"Our team delivered on its promises," said Jim Crouch, vice president and general manager of Survivability and Protection Solutions for BAE Systems. "This system will sense, process, and respond to the threats these crews face every day, and it will save lives."

About BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the premier global defense, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £18.5 billion (US $34.4 billion) in 2008.

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