J-MUSIC Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems will be integrated inside the A400M Defensive Aids Sub-System (DASS) for the German Air Forces’ Airbus A400M aircraft. The corresponding contract has been signed by the German procurement agency BAAINBw and Airbus Defence and Space during the Paris Air Show. The German DE DIRCM system will be provided by Diehl Defence and be based on a J-MUSIC System from the Israeli company Elbit Systems. The contract will be performed over a four-year period.
DIRCM systems detect incoming missiles via a missile warning unit, also to be included, before the infrared seeker head decoys, blinds or even destroys incoming MANPADS by hitting them with the right spectrum laser beam. This can be done by aiming laser energy at the incoming missile’s seeker head using a highly stabilised system, for example. Therefore DIRCM systems can also be used where pyrotechnic measures cannot. Combined with a suitable missile warning unit, they provide aircraft with adequate all-round cover and be capable of tackling a number of incoming missiles at the same time (multi-target capability).
The now chosen J-MUSIC Multi-Spectral Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems were designed to protect large military and commercial aircraft against attacks by ground to air heat seeking man-portable missiles (MANPADS). For this the J-MUSIC systems will be integrated into a multi-turret DIRCM system, ensuring 360° protection of the aircraft. Elbit Systems has already completed extensive testing of the J-MUSIC system several years ago and successfully delivered systems to equip several types of aircraft to various customers.
“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,” said Michael Menking, Head of A400M Programme. “The integration of the DE DIRCM system into the A400M will further enhance the aircraft’s self-protection and bring additional capability in the theater of operations.”