The threat of MANPADS (ground-to-air heat-seeking man-portable missiles) has grown considerably over the last few years. Elbit Systems Electro-optics’s (EL-OP) MUlti Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (MUSIC) systems are a family of DIRCM (Directed IR Counter Measures) solutions for protecting aircraft against heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles.
These systems integrate advanced fiber laser technology with a high rate thermal camera and a small, highly dynamic mirror turret to provide effective, reliable and affordable protection to all types of aircraft and under all operational conditions.
Designed in an open architecture, the systems can easily be integrated on any type of aircraft. EL-OP’s systems are under production for several programs around the world – for a large variety of military, VIP and commercial aircraft. EL-OP’s DIRCM solutions include the following:
A DIRCM system for the protection of helicopters and small to medium fixed-wing turboprop aircraft. This system has been selected by the Italian Air Force and is planned to be installed (in a dual turret configuration) on the C-130J, C-27J, AW101 and CSAR helicopters. The System has already been supplied and installed on VIP helicopters.
A DIRCM system for the protection of large aircraft (heavy transporters, tankers VIP jets, etc.), this system uses the same DIRCM as is in the C-MUSIC™ (see below). The system can be easily integrated on any type of aircraft, in a single or dual turret configuration. The J-MUSICT was selected for Embraer’s KC-390 program in Brazil.
A complete self protection solution (including the J-MUSIC DIRCM and the PAWS IR Missile warning System), installed in an aerodynamic pod and especially designed for the protection of civil and VIP large jets. This system was selected by the Israeli government for the protection of its entire commercial airlines fleet and was designed to meet the requirements of both commercial certification and protection of large aircraft. This is the first program in the world to provide a complete protection solution for commercial aviation. The system is being offered on the international market and there is considerable interest by many potential customers operating commercial, VIP and military aircraft
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