AN/ALQ-204 Matador Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM)
The BAE Systems AN/ALQ-204 Matador Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM) system on its business aircraft for government and corporate customers. The AN/ALQ-204 IRCM (Matador) protects a wide variety of multi-engine jet transport aircraft from attack by IR missiles. Eighteen VIPs and heads of state in seven countries are protected by the AN/ALQ-204.
The HAVE CHARCOAL IR Countermesures System for large transports was initially manufactured by Lockheed Martin and used on Air Force One [VC-25A and VC-137]. The AN/ALQ-204 was developed for the USAF in 1982 and more than 200 transmitters have been delivered. Commercial aircraft the system is fitted on include Boeing 747s, British Aerospace BAe-146s and VC-10s, Lockheed L-1011s and Gulfstream IVs. The AN/ALQ-204 is manufactured at Sanders' Pomona, California, facility.
The system is designed to protect aircraft from ground- and air-launched infrared-guided missiles. In certain parts of the world, government, VIP and corporate business aircraft can be vulnerable targets to terrorist organizations equipped with infrared-guided missiles. The AN/ALQ-204 system protects the aircraft and passengers from these threats. The Matador AN/ALQ-204 IRCM is a proven design that has been installed on a variety of aircraft from wide-body airliners to business jets.
In 2000 Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced the availability of the AN/ALQ-204 Matador. In the intervening period, the FAA-certified Matador has been installed on seven Gulfstream business aircraft, with provisioning completed for the eighth aircraft. For Gulfstream applications, the IRCM system mounts in the tailcone of the aircraft.
The system can be easily installed during an aircraft's regularly scheduled maintenance visit.
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