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Elbit Systems to roll out anti-missile system on NATO aircraft

Elbit announced the roll out of direct infrared countermeasures on NATO aircraft.

Elbit announced the roll out of direct infrared countermeasures on NATO aircraft.

Elbit Systems confirmed that it will be integrating the company’s J-MUSIC DIRCM (direct infrared countermeasures) defence warning system into the Airbus A330, as part of the system roll out onto the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF).


The J-MUSIC DIRCM brings together laser technology with high frame thermal cameras and a high-speed sealed mirror turret to provide protection from infra-red missiles. The systems are currently being produced for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

The MMF is a multinational collaboration to share air resources, with nine aircraft in use for air-to-air refueling, transport and medical evacuations. There are six participating countries, including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway. 

The nine aircraft in the MMF are owned and managed by NATO and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), respectively, with additional support from the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR).

Elbit Systems notes that the J-MUSIC DIRCM has clocked some 30,000 flight hours on board 25 aircraft variants.

 [Related: Elbit acquires BAE business unit]

Liam Garman

Liam Garman

Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.
Elbit Systems to roll out anti-missile system on NATO aircraft
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