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Elbit Systems unveiled its new mini-MUSIC system, the newest member of the company’s family of Directional Infra-Red Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems. The system is displayed at the Paris air show.
Providing high-performance protection for all types of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft against heat seeking Ground to Air Missiles (MANPADS),
mini-MUSIC™ is an advanced, flight-tested DIRCM system in a single compact and lightweight package.
The MUSIC family now includes four systems providing protection for all different aircraft types: MUSIC® – designed for protection of medium to large rotary and fixed-wing aircraft; C-MUSIC – the world’s first DIRCM system in production for commercial jet aircraft; J-MUSIC – for distributed installation for aircraft such as military transport, air refueling tankers, business jets, etc. and mini-MUSIC™ – for small and medium sized platforms.
All systems in the MUSIC family employ cutting edge technology including a unique fiber-laser based, directional infra-red countermeasure technology and a sealed turret for maximized reliability. The initial detection of incoming threats is provided by a missile warning system. When a threatening missile is detected, the warning is passed to the DIRCM that then directs a thermal tracker to acquire and track the threat. A powerful laser beam is then fired accurately at the missile causing it to be deflected away from the aircraft.
Mini-MUSIC completes the coverage of the MUSIC family, providing protection for even small rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.
The MANPADS threat is growing worldwide and Elbit’s DIRCM systems provide optimal solutions.
Elbit Systems is under contract for numerous customers worldwide including the Israeli national program for protection of the commercial fleet for platforms such as the B747, B737, B757, B767, B777,A320 and more, the Italian Air Force for C130J, C27J and CSAR AW101 (together with our Italian partners at ELT), the KC-390 for EMBRAER and the Brazilian Air Force, VIP helicopters, and more.