Sunday, May 29, 2011

Elbit Wins $52 Million Deal with Asian Customer

Defense News


Elbit Wins $52 Million Deal with Asian Customer


TAIPEI - Israel's Elbit Systems has won two contracts for an unnamed "Asian country" and "Asian Army." Elbit officials would not confirm the identity of the customer, but said the two contracts amounted to $52.7 million.

The first contract, valued at $32.7 million, is to supply an "Asian army with advanced training systems for its armor and infantry forces," said an Elbit Systems press release on May 17. The project will comprise driving simulators for various tracked and wheeled armored vehicles, and an advanced gunnery and tactical simulator.

"This is a follow-on contract to a previous project that was successfully delivered to this customer, attesting to the satisfaction and belief in our advanced training and simulation capabilities," said Yoram Shmuely, co-general manager, Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division.

The second contract, valued at $20 million, is for "dozens" of Compact Multi Purpose Advanced Stabilized System (CoMPASS) payloads for maritime patrol aircraft.

"The Asian country, which operates one of the largest maritime patrol fleets in the world, has selected the CoMPASS payload as a solution to protect its coastlines," said an Elbit press release on May 18.

The CoMPASS payload was developed and manufactured by Elbit's Electro-optics Elop unit and has been "installed onboard hundreds of platforms, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems," the company said.

CoMPASS belongs to the 15-inch payload family and includes an advanced thermal imaging system, laser range designator and a day channel, allowing optimal intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities in all weather conditions.

"Due to the recent increasing demand, Elop has doubled the quantity of payloads manufactured for integration on board maritime patrol platforms," said Adi Dar, Elop's general manager. "We are proud to be selected to perform this project, attesting to the customer's satisfaction with the high quality and performance of our previously supplied systems."