U.S. Air Force C-17 fires flares
U.S. Air Force C-17 fires flares

Armtec Countermeasures Awarded $250 Million for F-16 C-17 and C-130 Decoy Flares

Armtec Countermeasures Co., Coachella, California, has been awarded a $250,000,000, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the MJU-75/B countermeasure flare. This contract provides a magnesium Teflon Viton countermeasure flare, which is utilized on rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft such as C-130, C-17, F-16 to protect against infrared missiles. Work will be performed in Camden, Arkansas, and is expected to be completed March 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. Fiscal 2020 ammunition procurement funds in the amount of $3,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8213-21-D-0004).

U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon fires flares
A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon fires flares over the Atlantic Ocean after performing a flyover. (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew J. Moseley)

Flares are commonly composed of a pyrotechnic composition based on Magnesium with burning temperature equal to or hotter than engine exhaust. The MJU-75/B is a Magnesium Teflon Viton (MTV) countermeasure flare that is comprised of an aluminum case, safe and initiation (S&I) device, ignition pellet, and main energetic grain. Flare compositions in a decoy flare include magnesium, TEFLON®, and VITON® (MTV), or are red-phosphorus based. The compositions produce sufficient intensity, the electromagnetic radiation does not correspond to the IR emissions of the target aircraft. Two-color flare compositions have been developed to produce IR emissions having higher color ratios, such as color ratios more closely matched to those of a target aircraft.

U.S. Air Force C-130J fires flares
A C 130 J from the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard, participates in flare training off the Ventura County coast. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Buttner)

Proudly serving the United States and allied defense forces for over 50 years, Armtec Defense Technologies is the leading developer and manufacturer of the most varied lines of combustible ordnance and expendable countermeasure products worldwide. Combustible ordnance components for tank, mortar and artillery ammunition and pyrophoric training payloads are manufactured at Coachella, California facility. Armtec Defense Technologies are the original developers of the combustible ordnance technology, and the sole provider of these products to the US Armed Forces. East Camden, Arkansas facility manufactures Infrared (IR) decoy flares and Lillington, North Carolina facility is the largest chaff producer in the world and the only manufacturer of fine-filament chaff.

U.S. Air Force C-17 fires flares
U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft deploys flares as part of an operational readiness exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas A. Priest)

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