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Elbit missile counter-measure system for Asian army

An unidentified Asian army has ordered missile counter-measure systems for its Blackhawk helicopters.

By Richard Tomkins
Elbit missile counter-measure system for Asian army
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters being flown by an unidentified army in Asia are to be supplied with a missile counter-measure system from Elbit Systems. Photo: U.S. Army.

HAIFA, Israel, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's Elbit Systems Ltd reports it is supplying an unidentified Asian Army with a mini Directed IR Countermeasures system for use on Blackhawk helicopters.

The system is the mini MUSIC IR MSW, a system that protects aircraft from shoulder-fired heat-seeking missiles through the use of a laser that disrupts the navigation system of the missile and knocks it off course.

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"In addition to being selected by a new customer, this award represents the inclusion of a new platform, the Blackhawk, to the broad portfolio of platforms already equipped with our unique DIRCM systems, including our MUSIC version for small platforms such as helicopters," said Adi Dar, general manager of Elbit Systems Electro-optics-Elop Ltd company. "Based on the growing demand for DIRCM as the preferred solution by customers worldwide, we hope that additional customers will follow and select our systems."

Elbit Systems says its MUSIC family of DIRCM systems are under contract for numerous customers, including the Italian Air Force and the German Air Force.

No information was provided on the value of the contract from the Asian country.

"The contract will be performed during 2015 and is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems," the company said.

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