Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that it was awarded an approximately $73 million contract from Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG to provide J-MUSIC Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems for the German Air Force’s Airbus A400M transport aircraft.
The contract will be performed over a four-year period.
Elbit Systems will work closely with DIEHL Defence and Airbus Defence and Space for the integration of the J-MUSIC DIRCM systems inside the A400M Defence Aid Support Systems (DASS) protection suite. Airbus was awarded the contract to integrate and certify the system by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr, BAAINBw) .
Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division, commented: “Germany is an important market for us. We are proud to be a trusted supplier of the German Armed Forces and of our continuous cooperation with Diehl Defence and Airbus Defence and Space. This contract award is yet another testament to the maturity of our DIRCM systems and to the high level of confidence that they provide to users.”
Elbit Systems Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasures (MUSIC) systems are a family of high-performance, laser-based DIRCM solutions designed to protect aircraft against heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles.
MUSIC counters the threats of surface-to-air IR missiles and protects passenger, VIP and transport aircraft, as well as attack and utility helicopters. MUSIC can be installed on the full range of military and commercial aircraft without any negative impact on the platform’s performance.
J-MUSIC is an advanced DIRCM system that is optimized to protect large aircraft, including transports, tankers, special mission platforms, VIP jets and others. J-MUSIC is lightweight, compact, and easily installed on a broad range of aircraft types, in single or multi-turret configurations. This system provides rapid response and enables superior defense against multiple and simultaneous missile threats.