Elbit Systems Debuts at the 49th Paris Air Show: First Public Display of the C-MUSIC™ (Commercial Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasures System)

C-MUSIC™ is designed to protect large jet aircraft against man-portable heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles known as MANPADS.


Le Bourget, Paris Air Show, Paris, June 20, 2011 - Elbit Systems debuted today at the 49th Paris Air Show a full-size model of its highly-effective C-MUSIC™ for the protection of large jet aircraft against shoulder-launched missiles (MANPADS).

Visitors to the Elbit Systems booth will be able to closely preview the impressive 2.7m long pod as if they are visiting below an actual aircraft's belly, as the C-MUSIC™ will be hung from the booth's ceiling, demonstrating its outstanding aerodynamic structure. The pod will be outfitted with see-through windows to enable visitors to examine the advanced Fiber Laser based DIRCM mirror turret developed by Elbit Systems Electro-optics Elop, as well as the PAWS (IR Passive Approach Warning System) sensors developed by Elbit Systems Elisra.

C-MUSIC™ is designed to protect large jet aircraft against man-portable heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles known as MANPADS. Based on MUSIC systems currently in use on helicopters and medium turbo prop fixed wing aircraft, C-MUSIC’s™ fiber-laser directed IR countermeasure (DIRCM) technology creates a laser beam that is directed towards the tracked missile, effectively defeating the incoming threat. Modified specifically for the stringent demands of commercial aviation, C-MUSIC™ can be tailored to jet aircraft of all sizes and its fully automatic operation has no impact the flight crew workload.

Compact, lightweight and easy to install, C-MUSIC™ minimizes any effect on the aircraft’s performance, while maximizing the level of protection offered in even the most vulnerable areas. Due to its reliability, rapid response and ability to effectively deal with multiple threats, the system is considered to be among the most advanced of its kind in the world today.

C-MUSIC™ has been selected by Israeli Ministry of Transportation to protect the entire Israeli commercial fleet. It includes certification to FAR-25 requirements by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI). Elbit Systems is now expanding its offering to the international market in a mission to assist in protecting large jet aircraft worldwide.

• MUSIC and C-MUSIC™ are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Elbit Systems Electro-optics El-Op Ltd. in Israel and/or other countries

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.

For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems.com.

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