Australia requests anti-missile kit for transport aircraft via FMS

Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster III aircraft at Honiara International Airport, Solomon Islands, in February 2022. (Photo: RAAF/Cpl Jarrod McAneney)

Australia is requesting an FMS for LAIRCM replacement components to be fitted to transport aircraft as part of an RAAF upgrade programme.

The US State Department has approved a potential $122 million FMS deal for Northrop Grumman and Boeing to sell Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure Component (LAIRCM) systems and related equipment to Australia.

The Australian Government is requesting the Laser Anti-Missile Countermeasures Equipment to support a continued upgrade of large transport aircraft operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

These RAAF platforms include the C-17A Globemaster III, KC-30A and C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft, the State Department said in a Feb. 22 announcement.

If approved by Congress, the FMS package will include 27 system processor replacements for the AN/AAQ 24(V)N LAIRCM system and 30 Guardian Laser Turret sets, as well as advanced threat warning sensors, auxiliary equipment and engineering, technical and logistical support services. .

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