El­bit Sys­tems awarded a con­tract to sup­ply DIRCM sys­tems for the Ger­man Air Force’s new A400M air­craft

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El­bit Sys­tems Ltd. an­nounced re­cently that it was awarded a con­tract from DIEHL BGT De­fence GmbH & Co. KG to pro­vide J-MU­SIC Multi-Spec­tral Di­rected In­frared Counter Mea­sure (DIRCM) sys­tems for the first phase of the Ger­man Air Force’s self-pro­tec­tion pro­gramme for its new Air­bus A400 air­craft. The con­tract will be per­formed over ap­prox­i­mately one-year and is an amount that is not ma­te­rial to El­bit Sys­tems.

De­signed to pro­tect large mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial air­craft against at­tacks by ground-to-air heat seek­ing man-por­ta­ble mis­siles (MANPADS), the J-MU­SIC sys­tems, will be in­te­grated into a multi-tur­ret DIRCM sys­tem, en­sur­ing 360° pro­tec­tion of the air­craft.

El­bit Sys­tems has com­pleted ex­ten­sive test­ing of the J-MU­SIC sys­tem and has al­ready de­liv­ered sys­tems to equip sev­eral types of air­craft to var­i­ous cus­tomers.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Mach­lis, Pres­i­dent and CEO of El­bit Sys­tems, com­mented: “We are proud of our co­op­er­a­tion with DIEHL De­fence on DIRCM that has re­sulted in this ini­tial con­tract for the pro­tec­tion of the Ger­man Air Force’s A400M air­craft. Our DIRCM sys­tems pro­vide ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tion to the grow­ing threat of MANPADS, and we hope that ad­di­tional cus­tomers will follow and se­lect our sys­tems as their pre­ferred so­lu­tion”.

The C-MU­SIC DIRCM sys­tem, another mem­ber of El­bit Sys­tems DIRCM fam­ily, was de­vel­oped for the Is­raeli Na­tional “Sky Shield” pro­gramme, for the pro­tec­tion of the Is­raeli large com­mer­cial air­craft fleet.

El­bit Sys­tems Ltd. is an in­ter­na­tional de­fence elec­tron­ics company en­gaged in a wide range of pro­grammes through­out the world. The company, which in­cludes El­bit Sys­tems and its sub­sidiaries, op­er­ates in the ar­eas of aero­space, land and naval sys­tems.

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