Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract to integrate and certify the a J-MUSIC directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system for the German Luftwaffe fleet of A400M airlifters. The contract, announced today, was from the German Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw). The new DIRCM system will be integrated within the existing A400M Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS).
The DE DIRCM system will be provided by Diehl Defence, and will be based on the J-MUSIC system from Elbit Systems of Israel. The contract will be performed over a four-year period. The work is valued at $73m for Elbit Systems.
Michael Menking, the head of the A400M programme at Airbus, explained: “The signing of the contract is another significant milestone for the A400M programme and also underlines the enormous growth potential of the aircraft and the confidence Germany has in it. The integration of the DE DIRCM system into the A400M will further enhance the aircraft’s self-protection and bring additional capability in the theatre of operations.”
Elad Aharonson, general manager of the Elbit Systems ISTAR division, added: “Germany is an important market for us. We are proud to be a trusted supplier of the German Armed Forces and of our continuous cooperation with Diehl Defence and Airbus Defence and Space. This contract award is yet another testament to the maturity of our DIRCM systems and to the high level of confidence that they provide to users.”
Since last year the tactical capabilities of the Luftwaffe’s A400M have been significantly enhanced and the number of flight hours increased. In the forthcoming July issue of AFM, Dr Stefan Petersen investigates how the Luftwaffe is making progress with the introduction of the transport aircraft.