30 HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters will receive an upgrade in the form of the new Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure. The new system is part of a contract won in response to the Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement sent out in 2018. “DAIRCM is an aircraft survivability system approach that utilizes a single sensor for both 2-color IR missile warning and wide field of view gimbal for threat countermeasure,” commented Leonardo DRS, the company responsible for the new system. Other capabilities mentioned include hostile fire indication, Degraded Visual Environment capability, 360-degree awareness, and a laser warning feature. DAIRCM was originally tested in 2015 by the Naval Research Laboratory and has continued to be in the works since then.
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