The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 4 December that the infrared countermeasures system on the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft has achieved final operating capability (FOC).
Director General Air Combat Enablers, Air Commodore Mark Green said that the Large Aircraft Infra-Red CounterMeasures [LAIRCM] system, which was delivered under Project Air 5416 Phase 4B2, provides enhanced protection against infrared-guided missiles for the RAAF’s C-130Js.
“Maintaining effective defences against these prolific and increasingly sophisticated weapons is essential to the safe operation of the aircraft. Defence has been able to complete this critical upgrade three months earlier than projected, and under budget by AUD146.85 million [USD100.6 million],” he said.
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