Israel-based defense electronics firm Elbit Systems has announced that its subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has won a $53 million contract to integrate a self-protection suite into the country’s A330 multi-role transport aircraft.
As part of the five-year agreement, the company will provide the UAE Air Force with a multi-turret configuration of the J-MUSIC self-protection system and an infrared-based passive airborne warning system, both reportedly offering high levels of protection.
J-MUSIC includes advanced laser fiber technology, a high frame-rate thermal camera, and a dynamic, high-speed sealed-mirror turret to ensure improved defense capabilities against a wide range of infrared missile threats.
“The company is witnessing a growing demand for this type of self-protection capabilities in light of the rising threat that aircraft face from shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles,” Elbit said in a press release.
A330 Transport Aircraft
Developed by European aerospace corporation Airbus, the A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft was designed to help various armed forces meet their aerial refueling and strategic transport needs.
The aircraft features a high cruise speed and a large internal fuel capacity, enabling it to fly at a maximum range of 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles), refuel six combat fighters, and carry up to 43 tons (43,000 kilograms) of fuel.
Additionally, the A330 can carry up to 300 passengers and 45 tons of cargo, even with a full fuel load.
The aircraft is also designed for medical evacuation, including two intensive care units, 16 stretchers, 96 economy-class seats, 21 seats for medical staff, and cargo capacity on the lower deck.
“With its true widebody fuselage, the A330 MRTT is ideal to carry any kind of military or humanitarian payload on strategic missions,” Airbus said on its website.