Elbit to supply additional self-defense system for NATO multirole tanker transport aircraft 

The J- Music DIRCM system will be installed in the fleet's ninth Airbus A330 MRTT jet

An A330 MRTT aircraft. Photo: Multinational Multirole Tanker Transport Unit

Israel's Elbit Systems announced this week that it will supply an additional J- Music DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-defense system to NATO's Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport fleet. This time, the system is for the fleet's ninth Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft, the most recent addition. Elbit's system is to be delivered to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. 

According to the company, the J- Music DIRCM, which includes Elbit’s Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning Systems (PAWS IR), is designed with open architecture, integrating the latest laser technology together with a high frame-rate thermal camera and a small, dynamic high-speed sealed-mirror turret, thus delivering high performance defense against infra-red missile threats.

NATO's Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet program is a pooling and sharing initiative. The fleet will consist of nine multi-role tanker transport aircraft able to provide strategic transport, air-to-air refueling and medical evacuation capabilities to its six participating nations (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway). The aircraft are owned by NATO and managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.

The J- Music DIRCM system. Photo: Elbit