Boeing has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Elbit Systems to jointly explore self-defence solutions for its military aircraft in international markets.

As part of the agreement, the companies will offer Elbit’s ELT/572 directed infrared counter measure (DIRCM) systems onboard a wide range of Boeing military fixed-wing and vertical-lift aircraft.

Boeing Network & Space Systems president Roger Krone said the company is collaborating with global companies in an effort to bring advanced technology solutions to its customers.

"Our relationship with Elbit is an example of how we are enhancing our portfolio with innovative capabilities for a variety of solutions," Krone added.

Elbit Systems president and CEO Joseph Ackerman said the solution will provide optimum protection for airborne platforms.

"As part of the agreement, the companies will offer Elbit’s ELT/572 directed infrared counter measure (DIRCM) systems."

"Based on our long history of working with Boeing, we anticipate that this joint effort will provide the optimal solution for protecting our customers and creating synergistic value for both companies in this strategic and fast-growing market," Ackerman added.

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Boeing’s Network & Space Systems and Military Aircraft divisions are currently conducting joint activities to incorporate the systems into the new and current aircraft, while also providing signature analysis and end-to-end services and support services to customers.

Manufactured by Elbit’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-optics, the DIRCM is a high performance, laser-based system designed to safeguard military fixed and rotary-wing aircraft against incoming man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) in the battlefield.

The lightweight, compact system provides effective protection to military cargo planes, tankers and helicopters by changing the trajectory of hostile missiles through the emission of a laser beam that creates a level of interference and noise in the missile receiver.

Image: A Mongolian soldier practises with an SA-7 MANPADS. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Snyder, US Air Force.

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