July 29, 2022 – During ILA Berlin International Air Show, Diehl Defence and Elbit Systems signed a cooperation agreement on the equipment of German Armed Forces aircraft with a protection system on June 23, 2022.
The agreement is the continuation of the successful cooperation on the Directed Infrared Counter Measure System, in short DIRCM, that has been existing since 2014. In this context, Diehl Defence combines three SJ-MUSICTM (Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure) devices of the Israeli manufacturer to constitute one DIRCM system securing 360° protection of the aircraft. DIRCM is currently being installed in the A400M and certified.
The DIRCM system serves the protection of large military and civilian aircraft against attacks from infrared-guided missiles. The protection system is designed in such a way that it is connected with the guided missile warning system and the Defensive Aid System via interfaces. It can be operated in all flight phases without endangering urban or forested areas. Diehl Defence also provides the Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) for the DIRCM system, as well as customer services in the field of repair, service and maintenance.
Beyond that, both companies intend to cooperate on the smaller version of DIRCM, namely the MDS (mini DIRCM system). The MDS is especially suitable for helicopters, but also for smaller aircraft.
The DIRCM system complements the Diehl Defence product portfolio in the field of protection systems consisting of the segments aircraft protection, vehicle protection and HPEM effector systems.
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