The RAAF 1st to outfit F-18 Fighters with BOL IR Countermeasures

Alloy Surfaces Company, Inc. (ASC), a subsidiary of Chemring Group PLC, UK, announces the award of a $6.9 million contract from the Royal Australian Air Force to supply BOL IR and MJU-50/B Special Material Decoys (SMD) to support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operations worldwide. This is Australia's first large production order of BOL IR countermeasures to support the RAAF F-18s and the first time BOL IR is fielded on any F-18 platform. The BOL IR countermeasure is used on fighter aircraft to protect against infrared missile threats. The work will be performed at Alloy Surfaces production facility in Chester Township, Pa. and is expected to be completed by June 2012. ASC's President, Lawrence D'Andrea stated, "We are very pleased that the Royal Australian Air Force has selected the Special Material BOL IR countermeasure for their F-18 fighter aircraft. Alloy Surfaces is very proud to deliver the highest quality infrared decoys to protect the aircraft of our allies." Chemring is an international leader in energetic material products and defensive countermeasures with more than 4,000 employees and 21 facilities in 8 countries. ASC is an industry leader in the design, development, and production of Covert Multi-Spectral Special Material Decoys and their decoys have unique properties of day and night covertness that make them extraordinarily well suited to the modern war fighting challenge. ASC decoys are on the leading edge of IR countermeasure technology and are currently being used to protect a wide variety of United States and allied military aircraft in combat.

Source: Chemring Group PLC
Date: Sep 15, 2011