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Elbit Systems signs contract to provide DIRCM service center for NATO

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today the signature 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.

Pilots from NATO Airbus A330 MRTT fleet inspecting the Elbit J MUSIC DIRCM turret. Credit NSPA

Equipped to provide comprehensive support to the NATO MRTT fleet equipped with the DIRCM system, the NSPA dedicated facility, in Luxembourg, will be an essential resource for the fleet, providing the necessary expertise, equipment, and maintenance. The centre will provide repair, spare parts and maintenance services to ensure that all systems are operating at optimal levels.


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 fully autonomous system provides comprehensive protection against advanced heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles. To date, seven systems are already integrated, certified and operational on NATO MRTTs.


Oren Sabag, General Manager of Elbit Systems ISTAR & EW: “Demand for our DIRCM systems is growing due to increased threats posed to aircraft. We are proud to provide NATO with a logistics and service centre for local repair and maintenance of our systems.”


Jan Der Kinderen, MMF System Manager of NSPA: “The Follow-on Support contract, and the new maintenance facility at NSPA, builds on our excellent relationship with Elbit and to ensure optimal support to our MRTT fleet”.

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