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Elbit Systems has announced the award of a five year in-service support contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)  for the Direct Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) systems supplied to the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet. The contract includes the establishment of a service centre located at NSPA to provide support and logistics to the system.

Equipped to provide comprehensive support to the NATO MRTT fleet equipped with the DIRCM system, the NSPA dedicated facility, in Luxembourg, is expected to become an essential resource for the fleet, providing expertise, equipment, and maintenance. The centre is to provide repair, spare parts and maintenance services.

Pilots from NATO Airbus A330 MRTT fleet inspecting the Elbit J-MUSIC DIRCM turret (Photo: NSPA)

In addition, Elbit was awarded a follow-up contract from NSPA for an additional J-Music system, part of the MUSIC DIRCM family. The laser-based system providesprotection against advanced heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles. To date, seven systems are already integrated, certified and operational on NATO MRTTs.