|Raytheon's Speed-of-Light Protection System Can Shield Unmanned Aircraft Systems|
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Common Infrared Counter Measures solution for U.S. Army helicopters is also ideal for protecting unmanned aircraft systems. At 15 pounds less than the Army's requirement, Raytheon's CIRCM system is lightweight enough for large UAS platforms.
"These unmanned aircraft are widely deployed in today's battlespace, and they are highly vulnerable to missile attacks," said Mike Booen, vice president of Advanced Security and Directed Energy Systems for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Raytheon is developing a family of directed infrared counter measure (DIRCM) solutions that can protect cargo aircraft and combat helicopters; unmanned is the next logical step."
Operating at the speed of light, DIRCM systems use low-watt lasers to confuse the guidance systems of sophisticated missiles and divert them away from aircraft. Raytheon's CIRCM is part of the company's family of DIRCM systems.
"Raytheon's DIRCM solutions are lighter, more reliable and draw significantly less power than other systems on the market today," said Booen. "Our solutions are also flexible; we can integrate with any laser and any warning system."
Raytheon is competing as a prime contractor for the Army's CIRCM contract. Once fielded, CIRCM systems will shield the Army's combat helicopters from guided missiles. A contract downselect is expected early next year.
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