Israeli defence company Elbit Systems is negotiating more contracts with African countries. This comes after last year it signed a $240 million contract with an African country. Most of the negotiations focus on the upgrade of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.
The name of the country that signed the contract last year was not revealed but sources said that the systems that are included in the contract are already being supplied and these cover helicopter upgrades, radio and communication systems, land systems and mini-unmanned aerial vehicle systems.
The contract also included different variants of the ELOP/Elbit Systems multi-spectral infrared countermeasure (MUSIC) system, which protects aircraft against surface-to-air missiles. This system detects and identifies missiles launched against aircraft, calculates their path, and uses a laser beam to divert them away from the aircraft.
In June 2017 Elbit systems reported a $20 million MUSIC deal in another African country. The unnamed African based customer is equipping its VIP Gulfstream G650 aircraft with the Elbit systems J-MUSIC Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) system that include the Israeli company’s advanced Infrared based Passive Airborne Warning System (IR PAWS).
The main demand for direct infrared counter measures (DIRCM) systems is from military clients that operate special mission aircraft, aerial refuelling aircraft and from operators of VIP aircraft.
The company and its subsidiaries have also had several other small-scale deals in Africa in recent years. This includes an $18 million communications contract signed in 2006; a $40 million contract for Wise Intelligent Technology (WiT) intelligence analysis and cyber defence system in 2013; and $24 million worth of ATMOS 2000 self-propelled artillery systems for Rwanda in 2011.