Israeli defense company Elbit Systems has announced it will provide an anti-missile laser protection system for the German Air Force. It will be used to protect transport planes from surface to air and portable heat seeking missiles.Elbit was awarded the contract by Germany’s DIEHL Defense Company and the system is expected to be operational within a year. It’s intended to protect the German A400M Airbus aircraft. This is the first phase of a plan by the German Air Force to offer their aircraft better protection against potential missile threats.The president of Elbit Systems, Bezhalel Machlis, said on his company’s website, “We are proud of our cooperation with DIEHL Defense on Direct Infrared Counter-Measures that has resulted in this initial contract.””Our DIRCM systems provide effective protection to the growing threat of MANPADS, and we hope that additional customers will follow and select our systems as their preferred solution,” he added.
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