Testing with a Kansas Air National Guard KC-135R tanker has proven the feasibility of incorporating Northrop Grumman's Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system on the aircraft type for defense against small-sized anti-aircraft missiles, announced Air Force officials, March 2, 2011. In two flights with the modified KC-135R, Air Force testers demonstrated that LAIRCM is aerodynamically compatible with the airplane and does not impede its aerial refueling operations. Here, the LAIRCM system (within circle) fitted to the KC-135's underbelly.
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