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Shoulder launched missiles in the hands of extremist terrorist groups pose a threat to both civil and military aviation. This threat is further underscored these days, when fundamentalist organizations such as ISIS continue to occupy additional areas and territories and menace aircraft.
Continued civil aviation is crucial to the global economy, for any damage to this industry, let alone any shut down due to terrorists shooting down a jet using a shoulder-launched missile, could seriously cripple global commerce, tourism and other sectors of the world’s economy.
Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract from DIEHL BGT Defense GmbH & Co. KG (“DIEHL Defense”) to provide J-MUSIC Multi-Spectral Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems for the first phase of the German Air Force’s Self-Protection program for its new Airbus A400 aircraft. The contract will be performed over approximately one-year and is in 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 Defense 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”.