Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ; Booth N5216, Static SD1110) signed an agreement with Sabena Technics to offer directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) self-protection systems for installation on its VIP airliners at Airbus-authorized facilities, the company announced on Tuesday at NBAA-BACE. DIRCM systems use infrared lasers to protect aircraft against missiles fired from man-portable air defense systems, today’s most widespread missile threat, according to the French airframer.
Initially available for ACJ320-family models, several companies make such systems, and Sabena will act as the system integrator. Some in-service ACJs are already equipped with DIRCM systems offered through third-party companies.
“We strongly believe that our ability to install and certificate these systems with airworthiness authorities, such as EASA and the FAA, is a key driver of success,” said Daniel Soltani, Sabena Technics’ senior v-p of sales and business development.
ACJ president Benoit Defforge said offering self-protection "is yet another way in which we care for our customers, and expands and consolidates the widespread range of modern aircraft and services that ACJ offers.”