BAE Systems is also working on a laser-based DIRCM, under a US Army $27 million contract to prepare the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures system (ATIRCM) for testing in 2009. The system is expected to become the Army’s future directable infrared countermeasure system, based on a Multi-Band Laser (MBL).
This device will replace the infrared jam laser and flashlamp subsystems used in current DIRCMs, enhancing system’s effectiveness over all three threat frequency bands. The system will be compatible with BAE’s Common Missile Warning System (SMWS). The combined system will be able to evaluate the entire threat environment and select the appropriate response to counter specific missile threats using an array of countermeasures.