Elbit Systems awarded $26.5M multispectral IRCM contract for wide-body jets

The two-year contract is for IRCMs on a wide-body jet aircraft of a country in the Asia-Pacific region.

An approximately $26.5 million dollar contract over a two-year period was awarded to Elbit Systems (Haifa, Israel) to supply commercial multispectral infrared countermeasures (C-MUSIC [trademark]) systems to be implemented onboard a wide-body jet aircraft of a country in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Based on Elbit Systems' MUSIC family of directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, C-MUSIC uses fiber laser-directed IRCM technology to protect mid- to large-size airliners against heat-seeking shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, also known as man portable air defense systems (MANPADs).

Elbit Systems MUSIC family of DIRCM system integrated with the advanced Passive Airborne Warning System (PAWS) IR based missile warning system has undergone extensive testing with very successful results. Recently Elbit Systems, in cooperation with Airbus Military, participated in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) testing one of the MUSIC family of DIRCM systems with excellent results. The MUSIC family of DIRCM systems is used by many customers worldwide on a wide range of small, medium and large aircraft platforms.

"This contract is another major milestone for Elbit Systems, providing evidence of the high quality and reliability of our DIRCM Systems", said Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division. "We are proud to have been chosen by another customer in the Asia-Pacific region, which is an important market for us. C-MUSIC provides effective self-protection against IR-seeking weapons that pose a growing threat for aviation, as the proliferation and capabilities of MANPADs continue to advance. We hope more customers will follow in choosing our cutting-edge DIRCM solutions."

Elbit Systems is an international high-technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems.

SOURCE: Elbit Systems; http://ir.elbitsystems.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=61849&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2122928

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