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AN/ALQ-212 Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) System

CH-47 protected by Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Spc. Charles J. Thompson
The ATIRCM system provides protection against an array of modern, highly lethal missile attacks in all infrared threat bands.

ATIRCM provides passive warning of missile approach using the   common missile warning system (CMWS), which detects the missile, rejects false alarms, and cues the onboard infrared jamming system’s jam head to the missile’s location. When the jam head finds the missile with its IR tracking system, it emits a high-energy infrared beam to defeat the missile’s infrared seeker.

Operational advantages

  • Demonstrated field performance
  • Proven effective against advanced threats
  • Extremely low false alarm rate
  • Efficiently tracks multiple targets
  • Defeats threats early and quickly
  • 85,000 logged combat hours


The ATIRCM system was developed as the result of a partnership between the U.S. Army and BAE Systems to counter the threat of shoulder-fired weapons known as ManPortable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), which are heat-seeking missiles that sense the infrared energy generated by the heat of an aircraft engine. The system has demonstrated its effectiveness against this threat with more than 85,000 logged combat hours on numerous platforms and in various environments. Demonstrating its dependability, ATIRCM has tested several times over the reliability requirement, setting the benchmark and surpassing U.S. Army expectations.

Trusted, reliable

The ATIRCM system has proven that it can effectively protect aircraft and their crews. BAE Systems has a deep history and understanding in threat management and remains extremely proud of its continuous innovations. The company is positioned and committed for years to come, as needs and threats evolve and change. With its demonstrated reliability and continuous improvements, ATIRCM will continue to be an essential component of aircraft survivability.

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