Elbit Systems has secured two contracts to supply directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) airborne multi-spectral self-protection systems to European and Asian customers.
Under the first contract, Elbit will be responsible for delivering its mini multi-spectral infrared countermeasure (MUSIC) systems for the Asian customer’s Blackhawk helicopter fleet.
The second deal will see the delivery of C-MUSIC systems to a Nato member state.
Elbit Systems ISTAR Division general manager Elad Aharonson said: "While the Asian customer’s decision to acquire more DIRCM systems for its Blackhawk helicopters attests to the customer’s satisfaction with the previous order, the new contract with the European Nato member country extends the number of platforms that will be equipped with our systems.
"We see a growing global demand for our DIRCM systems, which we believe address a strategic need for our customers."
Elbit Systems Electro-optics’ MUSIC system is a high-performance, fibre-laser based DIRCM solution, designed to protect aircraft against heat seeking ground to air missiles (MANPADS).
Featuring advanced fibre laser technology with a high rate thermal camera and a small, highly dynamic mirror turret, the solution offers effective, reliable and affordable protection to all types of aircraft and under all operational conditions.
Currently, the MUSIC family of DIRCM systems is under contract for several customers including, the Israeli national programme for protection of the commercial fleet for platforms such as the B747, B737, B757, B767, B777 and A320.
In addition, the system supports the Italian Air Force’s C130J, C27J and CSAR AW101, the Brazilian Air Force’s KC-390 as well as, the German Air Force’s Airbus A400.