BAE Systems has selected Vertex Aerospace to support the US Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) contract.

Vertex’s Aircraft Integration & Sustainment (AIS) division will lead the installation portion of the contract.

The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Aircraft Prototype System Division (APSD) has selected the team.

The LAIRCM advanced missile warning system will be installed on the US Navy’s KC-130J aerial transport and refuelling aircraft.

As part of the contract, a total of 19 KC-130J aircraft will undergo modification and installation of the LAIRCM system.

LAIRCM is designed to help stop missile threats and enhance the overall capabilities of KC-130J aircraft.

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Installation work of the contract will be performed at Vertex AIS division’s Crestview facility in Florida, US.

The AIS site is co-located at the Bob Sikes Airport, which provides an 8,000ft runway for all aircraft sizes.

The facility comprises several bay hangars and is complemented by an area exceeding 500,000ft² featuring manufacturing, production and assembly buildings.

Vertex AIS division senior vice-president Don Davis said: “We have perfected the balance of cost, schedule, performance, and supportability, and are able to offer our customers best-value services for mission success.

“We look forward to working with BAE and NAWCAD to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions for our warfighters.”

In March last year, Vertex Aerospace secured a position on the US Naval Air Systems Command’s Contracted Maintenance, Modification, Aircrew and Related Services (CMMARS) programme to provide logistics and maintenance services for aircraft.