Elbit Systems has been awarded a $46 million contract to equip a future pooled NATO fleet of Airbus A330 tankers with its J-Music directional infrared countermeasures self-protection equipment.
Announced by the Israeli company on 19 December, the contract will provide J-Music turrets for installation on the A330s to be assigned to the multinational multi-role tanker transport fleet. Elbit says its deal is for work to be performed over a four-year period.
Four nations – Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway – have so for committed to acquiring seven modified A330s from Airbus Defence & Space, to be operated on a pooled basis under NATO command. Another four aircraft could be added to the fleet if additional partners join the initiative.
Peter Dohmen, general manager of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, says the integration of the turret-housed J-Music system "will allow the aircraft, crew and passengers to operate more safely in hostile environments".