Diehl said the agreement with Elbit, signed at the International Aviation and Space Exhibition in Germany, is for inclusion of three of Elbit's J-MUSIC, or multi-spectral infrared counter-measures, into Diehl's multi-turret directed infrared counter-measure system, or DIRCM.
The combined systems will provide 360-degree radio frequency and infrared warning, together with chaff/flare dispensers.
Diehl said it will deliver the combined capabilities next year.
The A400M Atlas transport can carry 81,000 pounds of payload -- troops and/or cargo. It has a cruise speed of 485 mph and a range of 2,450 nautical miles while carrying maximum payload.
Nine countries have so far ordered the four-engine tactical airlifter from Airbus: Germany, France, Spain, Britain, Turkey, Belgium, Luxembourg, South Africa and Malaysia.
Details of the contract between Diehl and Elbit, which developed J-MUSIC to protect against man portable infrared missiles, were not disclosed.