Directed laser energy disables missiles

BAE Systems Tactical Aircraft Directable Infrared Countermeasure System has successfully completed tests for the US Navy, including hostile missile detection and jamming of both Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air missile seekers.

BAE Systems Tactical Aircraft Directable Infrared Countermeasure System (TADIRCM) has successfully completed key tests for the US Navy, including hostile missile detection and jamming of both Air-to-Air and Surface-to-Air missile seekers.

TADIRCM has been designed to defend the host aircraft from infrared-guided attacking missiles by detecting the approaching threat and disabling it through the use of directed laser energy.

The system detects and tracks incoming missiles, and then decisively jams them with its ‘Agile Eye’ jamming system.

The captive seeker and static missile firing tests took place from September 21 to October 5 at the US Naval Weapons Range at China Lake, California.

According to a statement, the TADIRCM is said to have successfully placed laser energy on the missile seekers in every test. Completion of these tests was a prerequisite for live fire tests, which are scheduled to begin later this month.

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