Elbit Systems wins missile countermeasures contract

Defence electronics manufacturer Elbit Systems has won a contract valued in excess of $15m (£9.2m) by Elettronica to participate in a programme to supply the ELT/572 DIRCM (directed infrared countermeasures) system for installation on various platforms of the Italian Air Force, including the C130J, C27J and AW101.

The contract will be performed over the next three years.

Based on Elbit Systems’ Electro-Optics Elop Music system, ELT/572 was jointly funded by Elettronica and Elop under a co-operation agreement between the companies.

Music is based on advanced fibre-laser technology and designed to counter so-called MANPADS (man-portable air-defence systems) by emitting a laser beam towards an approaching missile, causing the missile to veer off course.