Israeli defense company, Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded contracts, worth approximately $136 million, for airborne laser Direct Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems.
According to a company statement, the contracts will be performed over a four-year period and is in support of customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Under the contracts, Elbit Systems will equip fleets of Airbus and Boeing aircraft with DIRCM systems from the MUSIC family, including the Company’s infra-red missile warning systems (MWS). These contract awards follow recent awards to install J-MUSIC DIRCM systems onboard Airbus A400 transport aircraft of the German Air Force and onboard NATO’s Airbus A330 Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF).
“I believe that the recent string of contract awards, by a range of customers, to provide our mature DIRCM systems is a strong testament to the leading position we hold in this area”, said Elad Aharonson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division.
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.