Elbit Systems announced that it was awarded a follow-on $46 million contract to supply additional J-Music DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-protection systems to NATO, for its Airbus A330 Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (“MMF”) Program.
The contract will be performed over a four-year period.
Similar to several previous awards from global air forces and other customers, Elbit Systems will equip NATO’s Airbus A330 tankers with the J-Music DIRCM systems along with the Company’s Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning Systems (PAWS IR).
Colonel Jan der Kinderen, Chairman of the MMF Steering Group, highlighted: “The MMF users are very pleased that the Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft (MRTTs) are going to be equipped with Elbit Systems’ J-Music DIRCM system. This will greatly add to the safety and operational flexibility of the total fleet. It is also great to see how Airbus and Elbit Systems work closely together to integrate the systems.”
Peter DOHMEN, General Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), said: “NSPA is pleased to award this contract to Elbit Systems and provide important capability for NATO”s A330 tanker fleet, which will allow the aircraft, crew and passengers to operate more safely in hostile environments.”
Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division, commented: “This follow-on contract that extends the supply of J-Music DIRCM and PAWS IR missile warning systems to NATO’s MMF program, attests to Elbit Systems’ technological and operational competitive advantage in addressing the intensifying threat of shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles.”
Elbit Systems MUSIC
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.