Published On: Mon, Nov 17th, 2014

Elbit Gets German Defense Contract to Block Rocket Attacks on Airbus


Elbit Systems has been was awarded a contract from DIEHL BGT Defense GmbH & Co. KG of Germany 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 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”.

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

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world.
Diehl Defense is a corporate division of the German Diehl Group, concentrating all business activities in the fields of defense and security as a holding company. Diehl Defense achieves annual sales of € 540 million* with 2, 800 employees*. As a competent partner of international armed forces, Diehl Defense manages numerous subsidiaries, program and affiliated companies.

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