Elbit Systems Ltd has been awarded a follow-on $46 million contract to supply additional J-Music DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-protection systems to NATO, for its Airbus A330 Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) Program.
Similar to several previous awards from global air forces and other customers, Elbit Systems will equip NATO's Airbus A330 tankers with the J-Music DIRCM systems along with the Company's Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning Systems (PAWS IR). The contract will be performed over a four-year period.
Colonel Jan der Kinderen, Chairman of the MMF Steering Group, highlighted: "The MMF users are very pleased that the Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft (MRTTs) are going to be equipped with Elbit Systems' J-Music DIRCM system. This will greatly add to the safety and operational flexibility of the total fleet. It is also great to see how Airbus and Elbit Systems work closely together to integrate the systems."
Peter DOHMEN, General Manager, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), said: "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."
Elad Aharonson, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR Division, commented: "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".