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Pilots from the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet checking out on of the Elbit Systems J-MUSIC DIRCM turret [©NSPA]

Elbit Systems to equip ninth NATO Airbus A330 MRTT (Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport) with the J-MUSIC DIRCM system.


Press Release, Haifa, 13 April 2021: Elbit Systems will supply an additional J- MUSIC DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-protection system to the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF). This time for the ninth Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft, the last addition of the fleet, to be equipped with Elbit Systems’ J-MUSIC DIRCM system.

Integrating the Company’s Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning Systems (PAWS IR), the J-MUSIC DIRCM systems that are being delivered to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) are designed in open architecture, integrating the latest laser technology together with a high frame-rate thermal camera and a small, dynamic high-speed sealed-mirror turret thus delivering high performance defence against Infra-Red missile threats.

The MMF programme is a multinational pooling and sharing initiative. The fleet will consist of nine Multi-role Tanker Transport aircraft able to provide strategic transport, air-to-air refuelling and medical evacuation capabilities to its six participating nations (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway). The aircraft are owned by NATO and managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) with the support of the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) on the acquisition phase until the end of 2022. The Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Unit operates the fleet.

Having accumulated more than 300,000 operational flight hours and tested in live fire, Elbit Systems’ family of DIRCM systems are in use by a range of customers onboard more than 25 aircraft types, among them Boeing’s B747, B737, B757, B767, B777; Airbus A320, A330, A340, A400; Lockheed Martin C130J; Alenia C27J; Leonardo CSAR AW101; EMBRAER KC-390, Gulfstream 650 and more.

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