Elbit Systems' MUSIC directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system has been successfully demonstrated using an Airbus Defence & Space C295 transport, during trials for a NATO team.
Performed at the German defence ministry's WTD-91 test site in Meppen in October, the activity involved installing a self-protection suite consisting of the DIRCM system and an infrared passive airborne warning system.
Once combined, these were able to "detect, acquire, track and jam the trial test equipment on the ground, under extreme conditions," says Elbit. Initial assessments of the testing shows that the system can protect against shoulder-launched missile threats, such as those in the possession of terrorist groups like Islamic State.
Elbit says it has so far secured business to supply more than 110 DIRCM systems to more than 10 customers, with the equipment for installation on 20 different fixed- and rotary-wing types, including passenger aircraft operated by Israeli airlines.