Israel’s Elbit announces defence deals with US, Sweden

Tel Aviv, June 18 (IANS): Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems has announced two deals with the Swedish and US armies worth a total of $ 52 million.

The first deal, worth $ 23 million, includes the supply of Elbit radio stations (SDRs) for E-LynX software to the Swedish Armed Forces, Xinhua reported, citing the company on Thursday.

The contract will be fulfilled for a period of 30 months.

Previously, this system was chosen by several armed forces across Europe, including Switzerland and Spain.

Chaim Delmar, General Manager of Elbit Systems C4I and Cyber, said: “We appreciate the trust placed by our Swedish Armed Forces in our digital communication capabilities, which testifies to the technological quality and reliability of our solution.

“Sweden is an important market for Elbit Systems and we hope to continue to expand.”

Under the second deal, worth $ 29 million, Elbit will upgrade the night vision systems of the American helicopter units.

Elbit will replace the existing helicopter green image enhancement system with high-performance white phosphor image intensification lamps.

White phosphor will improve the imaging system as it presents visualizations in black and white details that may look more natural to the eyes.

The new image intensifier tubes will also provide better contrast, along with higher image resolution at a greater distance for pilots, Elbit said.

Raanan Horowitz, president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America, said: “U.S. Army pilots can successfully accomplish their mission and fly with confidence in all light conditions. Upgrading U.S. Army Navy goggles to high-performance white phosphorus provides improved clarity.

“Whether soldiers are on the ground or in the air, our team is committed to providing advanced capabilities to the U.S. military to meet their changing needs for night vision.”

Elbit Systems, founded in 1966 and based in the Israeli city of Haifa, develops and supplies air, land and naval systems and products for defense, internal security and commercial applications.