The ITT Exelis Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM)
Heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles, also known as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), pose an ever-growing threat to the modern warfighter. Reliant on helicopters for missions ranging from humanitarian operations to soldier transportation, U.S. and allied forces need an adaptable, innovative and cost-effective protection solution.
Exelis has responded by delivering its Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) system.
The Exelis IRCM unit builds on proven technologies and employs a Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA) that can rapidly integrate new subsystems — from missile warning systems to lasers — as they become available.
Through the use of advanced fiber optic coupling technology, the Exelis IRCM system also provides the Armed Services with a unique, multifunctional approach to protection — offering additional capabilities beyond its core infrared countermeasures requirement.
These features include high-speed laser communications and data transfer, laser range-finding that can assist pilots in low-visibility conditions, and a hostile fire deterrent that, when guided by onboard sensors to the source of enemy fire, employs an optical countermeasure and prevents further hostilities.
Exelis has provided a solution that is more than conceptual; producing an extensively tested, fully integrated protection capability.
In recent exercises, the Exelis IRCM unit has faced off against actual, captive infrared (IR) threats, defeating them on every occasion and proving the effectiveness of its Modular Open Systems Architecture.
The Exelis IRCM system was designed specifically to protect helicopters and small aircraft in all operational environments. However, the system’s modular, adaptable design makes it a rapidly deployable and cost-effective solution for other platforms, like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Exelis has extensive experience with large-scale, rapidly developed programs. For the Army's JCREW program, the lifesaving ITT Exelis counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) solution went from drawing board to deployment in less than 18 months. And over the past decade, the company’s tactical radios have become an indispensable asset on the battlefield, with more than 500,000 deployed and operational.