Northrop Grumman awarded Marine Corps helicopter contracts

  • 14-Jan-2009 01:11 EST
Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a pair of contracts to outfit U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D and CH-46E helicopters with its Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system. Under the terms of the contracts, with a combined value of $13.3 million, Northrop Grumman will integrate the DIRCM self-protection system onto the CH-53D helicopter fleet, making the CH-53D the third Marine Corps rotary-wing platform to receive DIRCM protection from shoulder-launched, heat-seeking missile threats. In addition, numerous enhancements will be incorporated on the CH-46E helicopter fleet to streamline maintenance and handling of the system in the field. System deliveries are under way, with final deliveries in 2009.
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