Leading defense prime contractor, Elbit Systems, has received contracts worth approximately $136 million to provide customers in Asia-Pacific with airborne laser Direct Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems. The contracts will be performed over a four-year period.
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. These contract awards follow recent awards to install DIRCM systems onboard Airbus A400 aircraft of the German Air Force and onboard NATO’s Airbus A330 Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet.
Elbit’s MUSIC is a family of high-performance, laser-based DIRCM solutions designed to protect aircraft against heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles. Multi Spectral Infrared Countermeasures (MUSIC) counters the threats of surface-to-air IR missiles and protects passenger, VIP and transport aircraft, as well as attack and utility helicopters. It can be installed on the full range of military and commercial aircraft without any negative impact on the platform’s performance.
Elbit’s Direct Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) solutions are designed to protect aircraft against heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles. These systems integrate advanced fiber laser technology together with a high frame rate thermal camera and a small, highly dynamic mirror turret. This cutting-edge combination delivers effective, reliable and affordable protection, under all operational conditions, and to all types of aircraft. Elbit currently offers 4 distinct iterations in the DIRCM solutions family, namely, the MUSIC, J-MUSIC, C-MUSIC and mini-MUSIC family.