Elbit gets $65 million search & rescue deal from Asian-Pacific country

Israeli defense firm will install locator systems on army, navy and air force aircraft, and supply personal survivor radios, over 3 years

Shoshanna Solomon is The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

An illustration of Elbit's search and rescue systems in use (Courtesy)
An illustration of Elbit's search and rescue systems in use (Courtesy)

Elbit Systems Ltd., Israel’s largest non-government-owned defense firm, has won a $65 million contract from an Asian-Pacific country to provide it with a comprehensive search and rescue (SAR) solution. The project will be implemented over a three-year period, the company said on Wednesday.

Elbit will install airborne locator systems and emergency locator transmitters on board a number of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft used by the customer’s air force, army and navy. The Israeli firm will also supply thousands of personal survival radio systems, Elbit said in a statement.

The supply of a comprehensive search and rescue solution attests to the “maturity” of Elbit’s systems and its market leadership, said  Yehuda Vered, general manager of Elbit Systems Land and C4I. “Based on our vast portfolio of Radio and Communication solutions, already operational with dozens of armed forces worldwide, we are able to provide a technological edge, and we hope that additional customers will follow in selecting our unique SAR systems as their solution of choice.”

Elbit provides a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial defense technologies globally, including in aerospace, land and naval systems, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance systems, unmanned aircraft, advanced electro-optics and cybersecurity systems. Earlier this week the company got the government green light for the acquisition of state-owned weapons maker IMI Systems for NIS 1.8 billion ($520 million).

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