Northrop Grumman to Deliver 2000th Production Viper Laser to the U.S. Navy

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    Northrop Grumman Announces 2000th Production Viper Laser Will be Delivered Ahead-of-Schedule to Support U.S. Department of the Navy Program

    UNITED STATES - 24 JANUARY 2011

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. --- Northrop Grumman Corporation today announced the ahead-of-schedule delivery to the U.S. Navy of the company's 2,000th Viper laser which provides the jamming energy for the company's battle-proven infrared countermeasures (IRCM) applications.

    The Department of the Navy Large Aircraft IRCM (DoN LAIRCM) system currently employed on U.S. Marine Corps helicopters protects aircrews and aircraft from the threat of shoulder-launched, heat-seeking missiles. Program deliveries were made several months ahead-of-schedule.

    Viper is a small, lightweight multi-band laser that draws minimal power from the aircraft, yet provides the jamming power output required to protect rotary-wing aircraft, large transport aircraft and fast jets whose infrared (IR) signatures make them especially vulnerable to IR-guided missiles. All Viper components fit in a 13-inch diameter by two-inch high chassis, weighing less than 10 pounds, the lightest laser available for IRCM applications.

    "Protecting our troops in combat is our number one mission," said Carl Smith, vice president of infrared countermeasures programs at Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems Division. "This latest milestone, a result of our recently doubled manufacturing capacity, further demonstrates our commitment to our warfighting customers and the confidence our customers have in our technology and capabilities."

    Northrop Grumman's IRCM systems are the only such aircraft protection systems currently in full scale production and installed on over 500 military aircraft to protect approximately 50 different rotary-wing platforms and large fixed-wing transports from heat-seeking missile attacks. The system functions by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat to the aircraft and activating a high-intensity laser-based countermeasure system to track and defeat the missile.



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    Viperâ„¢ Mid-IR Laser

    Northrop Grumman's Viperâ„¢ is a small, lightweight multi-band laser for infrared countermeasures (IRCM) applications. All Viperâ„¢ components, including all wavelength conversion and beam- forming optics controller and power supply, fit in a 13-inch diameter x 2-inch high chassis, weighing less than 10 pounds. Viperâ„¢ is the lightest laser available for IRCM applications.

    Viperâ„¢ is the laser of choice to protect low, medium and high signature aircraft from sophisticated heat-seeking missiles.

    Proven in Flight and Live Fire Tests

    The Viperâ„¢ laser has been successfully tested as part of the AN/AAQ-24(V) NEMESIS system. In all tests and demonstrations, the systems operated autonomously and had no prior knowledge of threat type or location.

    •Successfully completed Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) live fire tests — including multiple missile engagements. (U.S. Air Force-sponsored tests, conducted with heat sources representing a C-17 signature, June/July 2002)

    •Successfully defeated different missile types launched from various ranges that represent combat scenarios (U.S. Navy-sponsored Tactical Aircraft Directional Infrared Countermeasures (TADIRCM) live fire tests; White Sands Missile Range, September/October 1999)

    •Defeated several captive missile seekers (in different bands) 52 out of 52 times. Engagements were at various operational ranges.



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