Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract to provide self-protection equipment for use on the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s (RNLAF’s) incoming Gulfstream G650 VIP transport.

Announcing the deal on 14 July, the Israeli company said it will supply its J-Music direct infrared countermeasures and Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning System, or IR-PAWS, for installation on the long-range business jet. The combination will provide “high levels of protection and redundancy”, it adds.

G650 with Elbit J-Music

Source: Elbit Systems

Gulfstream G650, with Elbit J-Music installation

The RNLAF is due to take delivery of its new G650 later this year, with the aircraft to replace its current VIP-tasked Gulfstream IV. Cirium fleets data records that aircraft – registered as V-11 – as having been operated by the service since December 1995, and delivered to its original operator (L Brands) in December 1986.

“The rising threat that aircraft face from shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles increases the demand for certified and operationally proven self-protection systems,” says Oren Sabag, general manager of Elbit’s ISTAR & EW business.

“These systems have accumulated hundreds of thousands of flight hours to date,” notes Elbit, with equipment fitted on more than 25 aircraft types.