On the 6th of September, During the MSPO exhibition, PCO and Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop signed a cooperation agreement. In concerns research and development activities, manufacturing and servicing of the SPECTRO XR optoelectronic head and DIRCM aircraft protection system (MSPO 2018: PCO Premieres, 2018-09-04).
SPECTRO XR optoelectronic head is a multi-range, day/night optical system for long-range recon. The key element is a multispectral imaging system which combines multiple optical channels. This allows for improved efficiency without an increase in mass and size. SPECTRO XR was developed for use on various platforms such as helicopters, airplanes, sea vessels and land vehicles.
DIRCM (Directional Infrared Counter Measures) system is used for protection of aircraft against thermal guided air to air missiles. Elbit System Electro-Optics Elop Ltd. manufactures a range of such devices used in helicopters, transport, and civilian planes. The system works by jamming the sensors of the threatening missiles.
For efficient operation, the DIRCM system requires advanced and dependable optoelectronic heads capable of rapid detection of threats in a full range of weather/light conditions.