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7 August 2006

Added May 17, 2009

IRCM at the rear of Air Force One.



U.S. Airmen from the 131st Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, wave as Air Force One takes off from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, April 29, 2009. Obama marked his 100th day in office with a town hall meeting in Arnold, Mo., earlier that day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. James McCullough/Released)

Air Force One MANPAD Infrared Countermeasures, June 9, 2004

Left: (cropped)

Right: (cropped)

22 April 2006. Marine One Anti-Missile Countermeasures:

12 April 2006


Infrared countermeasure (IRCM) systems are located above each engine exhaust to divert or jam heat-seeking IR missiles by zapping sensor and guidance systems. A description of the system (or a previous installation):
For transport and even business jet aircraft, with customers including Air Force One, BAE produces the AN/ALQ-204 Matador; a modular system consisting of multiple transmitters and controls. Each transmitter contains a four to twelve-kW source that emits pulsed infrared radiation to combat multi-IR guided missiles. The Matador configuration is certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Listing of airborne countermeasures systems:

AP Photos (first six)


The MATADOR system protects a wide variety of multi-engine jet transport aircraft against first generation IR missile threats. The modular system design provides flexibility for multi-platform applications, and provides IR missile jamming capability to defeat multiple threats at the same time. MATADOR is a modular system, which is tailored to each aircraft to meet specific customer requirements. The system can be installed on new or in-service aircraft. Once the system is turned on prior to flight, MATADOR operates continuously without operator intervention. The MATADOR system produces coverage for business jets as well as large aircraft. MATADOR was originally designed for and certified on large civil type aircraft.

IRCM and perhaps other countermeasures at the tail of the fuselage.