Moving aggressively to provide customers enhanced security protection, Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ; Pavilion P10) signed an agreement at last month’s NBAA-BACE with Sabena Technics for the latter to install directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) self-protection systems on ACJ’s VIP jets. DIRCM systems use 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 DIRCM systems, and Sabena Technic will act as the system integrator. (Some in-service ACJs are already equipped with DIRCM systems.)
“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, sales and business development.
“Offering self-protection is yet another way in which we care for our customers," said ACJ president Benoit Defforge, "and expands and consolidates the widespread range of modern aircraft and services that ACJ offers.”
Airbus Corporate Jets and Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) have recently been appearing on the trade show circuit in tandem and showcasing their respective aircrafts’ bespoke interiors, underscoring the fact that “ACJ and ACH are part of the only manufacturer to offer both corporate jets and helicopters,” Airbus said.
ACJ also launched in October the iflyACJ.com website, to help VIP customers choose the best aircraft for their missions from among the 12 ACJ charter operators worldwide. “For the first time, we connect business jet travelers to ACJ operators; just click to book a unique flying experience,” said Defforge.