US SOCOM Orders ALQ-211 Helicopter Protection Systems

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SOAR MH-60Gs(click to view larger) ITT’s AN/ALQ-211 SIFRC system [PDF] provides detection, analysis and protection against radar-guided threats, including triangulation and GPS geolocation of threats, advance warning that may enable a pilot to route around the threat, and cueing of countermeasures like chaff dispensers via integration with the CV-22’s entire self-protection suite. It’s a modular system with multiple sensors and electronic components installed all around a rotary-winged or fixed winged aircraft. Variants of the ALQ-211 SIFRC equip US AFSOCOM’s CV-22s (ALQ-211v2), as well helicopters like SOCOM MH-47s and MH-60s (ALQ-211v6/v7), some NH90s (ALQ-211v5), and AH-64D attack helicopters (ALQ-211v1). Foreign F-16 jet fighters also deploy the ALQ-211, most recently as the ALQ-211v4 AIDEWS integrated defensive system. A 2005 contract from US Special Operations Command morphed into a much larger contract in 2008, and delivery orders continue… Contracts & Key Events SOCOM’s MH-47E Chinook Unless otherwise indicated, ITT Industries in Clifton, NJ is the contractor, and U.S. Special Operations Technology Applications Program Office in Fort Eustis, VA manages the contracts. Jan 31/11: ITT announces a $37 million follow-on contract for full-rate production of 25 more AN/ALQ-211 SIRFC systems, along with spares and related components, to be installed on US SOCOM MH-47 Chinook […]

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