Rockville, Md.-based BAE Systems successfully installed its Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook aircraft in December 2009. Now, the U.S. Army has reported its first success in defending a CH-47D against multiple infrared man-portable anti-aircraft missiles (IR manpads) during January 2010. ATIRCM is a laser-based, directable countermeasures system that protects helicopters against attack by infrared and radio frequency missiles.
The AN/ALQ-212(V) ATIRCM, coupled with the AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), 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. The system provides missile warning for rotary-wing, transport, and tactical aircraft in all military services. The AN/ALQ-212(V) advanced threat infrared countermeasures/common missile warning system (ATIRCM/CMWS) suite provides protection against an array of threats, including all infrared threat bands. (From March 2010 Rotorcraft Report)