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C-130J Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures

Two C-130J aircrafts fly overhead.

AIR 5416 (Phase 4B2) will provide additional Electronic Warfare Self-Protection (EWSP) for the C-130J aircraft through the installation of a directed infrared countermeasure system - the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system.

The LAIRCM technology is leading edge and is strictly controlled. Fitment of LAIRCM to C-130J will see a common EWSP suite used for protection of all the Australian Defence Force's (ADF’s) wide body high value aircraft.

DST Group provides science and technology (S&T) advice in support of the levels of survivability that could be delivered by various EWSP options, including the LAIRCM. 

DST also provided S&T advice on the performance and advantages of several fitment options including turret location and various types of sensors for the planned LAIRCM fit to C-130J. 

DST continues to provide S&T support in the consideration of improved qualification options leading to the Full Operating Capability scheduled in 2019.

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