Israel’s Elbit Systems is seeing significant interest the Direct Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) market, as threats from man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADS) proliferate, and is investing in research towards fibre laser, threat processing, lens, and other technologies.
At the start of 2017, NATO clients signed new procurement contracts with Elbit Systems for DIRCM systems for cargo, tanker, and special mission aircraft, with clients including Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway. Poland has also signed a procurement contract. The company expects to complete installation on the first aircraft from those NATO contracts in the first half of 2019, and it expects three to four new NATO clients to book contracts in the near future.
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