The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AN/AAQ-24(V) large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM) systems to Canada.
Under the estimated $225m sale, Canada has requested the supply of six AN/AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM systems for the CP-140 long-range patrol aircraft.
Approved by the US State Department, the package comprises 22 T-2465 AN/AAQ-24(V) guardian laser transmitter assemblies (GLTA), 52 R-2675 AN/AAQ-24(V) next generation missile approach warning sensors (MAWS), and 16 CP-2793 AN/AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM system processors.
The US will also offer support and test equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other associated constituents of logistical and programme support.
In addition to enhancing the survivability of Canada’s CP-140 long-range patrol aircraft and crew, the LAIRCM system will provide CP-140 fleet with enhanced defensive countermeasures against enemy attacks.
Canada already operates AN/AAQ-24(V) systems as part of its C-17 fleet.
The prime contractor remains undisclosed.
Derived from the AN/AAQ-24(V) Nemesis, the AN/AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM is a directed infra red (IR) countermeasures system, designed to safeguard large transport and rotary-wing aircraft from a range of IR-guided missile threats, using a laser pointer-tracker.
Critical to troops’ safety, the system defends aircrafts by activating a high-intensity system of pulsed lasers upon detection of missile launches, to track and defeat the threat by confusing its guidance system without requiring input from the aircrew.