Elbit launches Directional Infra-Red Countermeasure system for small helicopters

Elbit launches Directional Infra-Red Countermeasure system for small helicopters

17-Jun-2013 Source: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems will unveil at the 2013 Paris Airshow, its new mini-MUSIC™  system , the newest member of Elbit Systems’ family of Directional Infra-Red Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems,  providing high-performance protection for all types of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft against heat seeking Ground to Air Missiles (MANPADS), mini-MUSIC™ is an advanced, flight-tested DIRCM system in a single compact and lightweight package.

The MUSIC® family now includes four systems providing protection for all different aircraft types: MUSIC® – designed for protection of medium to large rotary and fixed-wing aircraft; C-MUSIC™ – the world’s first DIRCM system in production for commercial jet aircraft;  J-MUSIC® for distributed installation for aircraft such as  military transport, air refueling tankers, business jets, etc. and mini-MUSIC™ –  for small and medium sized platforms.

All systems in the MUSIC® family employ cutting edge technology including a unique fiber-laser based, directional infra-red countermeasure technology and  a sealed turret for maximized reliability. The initial detection of incoming threats is provided by a missile warning system.   When a threatening missile is detected, the warning is passed to the DIRCM that then directs a thermal tracker to acquire and track the threat.. A powerful laser beam is then fired accurately at the missile causing it to be deflected away from the aircraft.

Mini-MUSIC™ completes the coverage of the MUSIC family, providing protection for even small rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

The MANPADS threat is growing worldwide and Elbit’s DIRCM systems provide optimal solutions.

Elbit Systems is under contract for numerous customers worldwide including the  Israeli national program for protection of the commercial fleet for platforms such as the B747, B737, B757, B767, B777,A320 and more,  the Italian Air Force  for C130J, C27J and CSAR AW101 (together with our Italian partners at ELT), the KC-390 for EMBRAER and the Brazilian Air Force, VIP helicopters, and more.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of 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, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.

For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems.com.

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