Chemring Group has been awarded a series of contracts by the US Department of Defense (DoD) for production and delivery of decoy devices to the US Air Force (USAF) and the US Army.
Valued at a combined $26m, the contracts cover the production and supply of an unspecified number of M211, M206, MJU-7A/B and MJU-10/B decoy units by Chemring's US subsidiaries, including Alloy Surfaces and Kilgore Flares.
The M211 decoy will be supplied by Alloy Surfaces under a separate $6m order, whereas the M206, MJU-7A/B and MJU-10/B decoys will be delivered by Kilgore under the second $20m contract.
Chemring chief executive Mark Papworth said the contracts demonstrate the USAF and army's continued confidence and trust in the company's countermeasures devices.
The decoy is an aerial infrared (IR) countermeasure primarily used by the US military for the protection of helicopters, as well as transport and fighter aircraft against man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) missiles in the battlefield.
Equipped with a special high surface area metal foil, which rapidly oxidises on exposure to oxygen, the M211 decoys forms an integral part of the Infrared Countermeasures Munition (AIRCMM) solution, and safeguards aircraft against advanced air-to-air and surface-to-air IR weapon systems.
Weighing 180g, the M206 flare protects helicopters and low-altitude aircraft, such as A-10 and C-130, against heat seeking missiles, whereas similar protection is provided for F-4, F-5, F-15, F-16 and F-104 aircraft by the MJU-7A/B IR decoy flare.
Addressing the USAF's latest SP 8766185 purchase description, the MJU-10/B decoy flare represents the standard in protection against heat seeking missiles for the F-15 and heavy transport aircraft, including the C-5 and C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
Contract deliveries are scheduled to commence in June 2013 and will continue through 2015.
Image: A US Air Force's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft releasing a barrage of flares. Photo: Courtesy of Denniss.