RNLAF expands use of Elbit Systems’ DIRCM to VIP aircraft

By Arie Egozi

Israeli company Elbit Systems has delivered a self-protection suite to the Royal Netherlands Air Force's (RNLAF) Gulfstream G-650ER VIP aircraft. The delivery was carried out within a year of signing and after comprehensive flight acceptance tests.

The Elbit System is aimed at protecting aircraft from shoulder-launched missiles and is used by many air forces, as well as by Israeli airlines.

The flight acceptance tests included the examination of the system over a number of flights, all of which were successful and to the full satisfaction of the customer.


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The aircraft was equipped with an advanced protective suite that includes Elbit Systems’ Direct Infra-Red Counter Measures (DIRCM) and Infra-Red-based Passive Airborne Warning System (IR MWS), a configuration with an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC).

This project joins many others across the world, including NATO’s MRTT A330 refueling fleet project, of which the Netherlands is a member, that has a similar protection system installed.


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Ziv Ashkenazi, VP Business Development and Marketing, Airborne Systems at Elbit Systems, said that this plane joins a large fleet of aircraft around the world equipped with our advanced and proven self-protection suite. “The quality and reliability of our systems have been proven once again in the acceptance trials as well as in the quick completion of the project for our important Dutch customer.”



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