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7/2/2015 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- For the first time at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, a C-5C model is currently undergoing modifications to outfit a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system.
LAIRCM is a defensive system for large transport as well as rotary-wing aircraft that combines a missile warning system and infrared laser jammer countermeasure system to protect the aircraft from an enemy's infrared-guided threat missiles.
"The transition of C-5 LAIRCM installation from the contractor to our organic workforce has been a huge accomplishment," said Col. Raegan Echols, C-5 System Program manager at Robins. "This installation is particularly challenging since it is the first C-model to receive the mod and it is on a highly-compressed schedule. But our 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group partners are performing beyond our expectations to deliver the capability on time to Air Mobility Command."
Created to carry oversize cargo, this C-5 version, of which there are only two in the fleet, is a high demand aircraft. As the Air Force's largest airlifter, the C-5C can not only carry more cargo further than any other aircraft, but it's so large that it also supports various missions from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.