Elbit Systems has secured a $240m contract to supply electronic defence systems to an undisclosed African country.
The contract requires the company to deliver directed infra-red counter measure (DIRCM) systems that protect aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles such as man portable air defense systems (MANPADS), based on passive infrared (IR) systems.
Elbit’s DIRCM systems feature advanced fibre laser technology, a high-frame rate thermal camera and a small, highly dynamic mirror turret.
These systems’ open architecture facilitates integration on any type of aircraft.
Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said: “We are proud to have won this contract, allowing us to provide our customer with a variety of systems and capabilities from different fields, a growing trend we have witnessed lately in many countries.
“Our unique structure enables the customer to benefit from the synergy of its overall capabilities while, at the same time, focus on its requirements.
“Our portfolio, based on cutting-edge technologies and operational know-how, allows us to customise our solutions and tailor them to our customer’s needs, and we hope others will follow this trend.”
The deal also covers the supply of missile warning systems (MWS), radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-UAS systems and helicopters upgrade.
In June, the company was contracted by an African-based customer to equip a VIP Gulfstream G650 aircraft with J-MUSIC DIRCM systems.
The J-MUSIC systems include Elbit Systems’ advanced infrared based passive airborne warning system (IR PAWS).