Black Hawk aviation crews test new Army aircraft survivability system

The latest countermeasures designed to improve Army aircraft survivability were tested here by helicopter aircrews based out of Fort Hood, Texas. Soldiers from the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment belonging to 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, with Fort Hood, Texas’ 1st Cavalry Division deployed to Redstone Test Center to fly UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter equipped with Common Infrared Countermeasures.

According to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Toby Blackmon, a test officer with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s Aviation Test Directorate, CIRCM operational testing provides data on an improved countermeasure system with upgrades that greatly improve on the current Common Missile Warning System that has been used for years on Army aircraft while deployed.