J-Music DIRCM Costing $20 Million for $67.4 Million VIP Airplane

Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract worth more than $20 million to equip a VIP Gulfstream G650 jet with its “J-Music” DIRCM (directed infrared countermeasure systems), the Israeli company said yesterday.

The Gulfstream G650 is itself priced at $67.4 million.

The J-Music package for an Africa-based customer includes Elbit’s IR PAWS advanced infrared-based passive airborne warning system.

“Being selected to install J-Music on a VIP Gulfstream 650 aircraft is another vote of confidence and an indication of the strong demand for our high-quality, high-reliability DIRCM systems,” said ISTAR division GM Elad Aharonson.

“Given the constantly growing MANPADS [man-portable air-defense systems] threat for aviation,” he said, “we are confident that more customers will follow in choosing our thoroughly tested and qualified DIRCM solutions.”

Elbit’s Music range of DIRCM systems has accumulated more than 30,000 hr. of operation.