WASHINGTON — BAE Systems is protesting the Army's decision to award Northrop Grumman a contract to build the Common Infrared Countermeasure system to protect aircraft from infrared-guided missiles.
"Following a careful review of the debrief received from the Army customer, we have identified some inconsistencies and have filed a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office to ensure a full and timely review of the award decision," according to a statement from BAE.
"We were disappointed to learn that we were unsuccessful in securing the [CIRCM] engineering and manufacturing development contract, as we believe that our proposal was the most technologically sound and cost-effective offering," the statement reads.
CIRCM will defend against infrared missiles using a direct laser jamming capability when integrated with an entire suite of aircraft survivability equipment.
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