The Israeli ministry of defence has selected the Elisra infrared sensor for the detection of shoulder-launched missiles. It will be integrated in the infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system developed jointly by Rafael and Elbit Systems as the long- term solution to protect Israeli passenger aircraft.

The Elisra sensor is almost identical to the one deployed on the Israeli air force's fighters and helicopters. The DIRCM protection system will be ready for installation by the end of 2005.

The Elbit/Rafael system is based on Rafael's Britening suite and the El-Op Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (Music) system. The Elisra sensor is capable of detecting the missile and calculating its trajectory with a minimum of false alerts.

An Elisra source says that the sensor will be marketed for integration in other self-protection systems.

Source: Flight International