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Air Force Begins LAIRCM Tests;

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The 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has started testing efforts for a Northrop Grumman-built defensive system designed for large transport and rotary-wing aircraft.

The team attached the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter-Measures system to the underside of KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft to mark the beginning of testing activities, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

“We tested the system to ensure electronic counter-measures were working as intended,” said Tech. Sgt. Spencer Balint, laser security officer at 22nd AMXS.

LAIRCM employs missile warning and infrared laser jammer systems to defend aircraft units from guided-missile attacks.

USAF aims to augment KC-46's aerial refueling capabilities in combat zones through LAIRCM.