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New Israeli system protects passenger planes from missile attack

Elbit successfully tests Directed Infrared Countermeasure, which protects planes from MANPAD ground-to-air heat seeking missiles.


Israeli defense electronics developer Elbit Systems has successfully completed a trial of its protection system against shoulder launched missiles.

Elbit systems’ MUSIC family of Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) systems, integrated with the advanced Passive Airborne Warning System (PAWS) IR based missile warning system, was successfully demonstrated on an Airbus C295 aircraft, it was reported Monday.

The demonstration took place in October, during a flight test at a Bundeswehr test site in Meppen, Germany.

During the tests, conducted by a multi-national NATO team, a C295 aircraft with an operationally installed Elbit EW self-protection suite, consisting of the DIRCM system and the PAWS, “successfully demonstrated the capability to detect, acquire, track and jam the trial test equipment on the ground, under extreme conditions,” according to the report.

The initial assessment of the results indicated that the system has the capability to successfully jam MANPADS


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