HAIFA, Israel. Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT) won a follow-on $46 million contract to supply J-Music Direct Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) self-protection systems to NATO, over four years, for its Airbus A330 Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) program. Elbit Systems will equip NATO's Airbus A330 tankers with the J-Music DIRCM systems and the company's Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning Systems (PAWS IR).
Equipping Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft (MRTTs) with Elbit Systems' J-Music DIRCM system “will greatly add to the safety and operational flexibility of the total fleet,” says Colonel Jan der Kinderen, chairman of the MMF Steering Group. “It is also great to see how Airbus and Elbit Systems work closely together to integrate the systems."
"NSPA is pleased to award this contract to Elbit Systems and provide important capability for NATO"s A330 tanker fleet, which will allow the aircraft, crew, and passengers to operate more safely in hostile environments," adds Peter DOHMEN, General Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
"This follow-on contract that extends the supply of J-Music DIRCM and PAWS IR missile warning systems to NATO's MMF program, attests to Elbit Systems' technological and operational competitive advantage in addressing the intensifying threat of shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles," mentions Elad Aharonson, general manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division.
J-MUSIC is an advanced DIRCM system that is optimized to protect large aircraft, including transports, tankers, special mission platforms, VIP jets and others. J-MUSIC is lightweight, compact, and easily installed on a broad range of aircraft types, in single or multi-turret configurations. This system provides rapid response and enables superior defense against multiple and simultaneous missile threats.
Elbit Systems Ltd. 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 (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.