Diehl Defence has signed an agreement with Elbit Systems to install a self-protection system onboard the German Air Force’s (Luftwaffe) A400M military transport aircraft.
Signed during the recent 2014 International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin, Germany, the agreement will equip the German A400Ms with an advanced directed infrared counter measure (DIRCM) system to ensure the 360° protection of the aircraft.
The solution features three Elbit J-multi-spectral infrared countermeasure (MUSIC) systems, which are designed to safeguard large military and civilian aircraft against attack by terrorists with infrared (IR)-guided missiles.
Based on the same technology as the C-MUSIC, the J-MUSIC is an advanced multi-spectral infra-red fibre-laser based DIRCM system, capable of rapidly acquiring and tracking incoming man-portable missile (MANPADS) systems in all operational conditions.
The system, which is designed for easy installation on a range of aircraft, in single turret or multi-turret configurations, can safeguard medium to large aircraft, including transporters, tankers, special mission platforms, business jets, and other VIP platforms.
The system has successfully completed extensive testing and was delivered by Elbit to customers for multiple aircraft equipment this year.
Delivery of the first DIRCM protection system for the German A400M aircraft is scheduled to take place before the end of 2015.
Manufactured by Airbus Military, the A400M is designated as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities, and can also be configured to perform long-range cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), and aerial refuelling and electronic surveillance missions.
In addition to Germany, the four-EuroProp TP400-D6 turboprop engines powered aircraft has also been ordered by the air forces of Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the UK.
Image: Diehl Defence and Elbit Systems officials sign an agreement to equip German Air Force’s A400M aircraft with an advanced self-protection system. Photo: © 2014 Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG.