Elbit wins $95m contract to supply IDF with advanced electro-optical systems
Company and Defense Ministry say long-range observation systems, thermal weapon sights, and night vision equipment to be supplied and maintained for 10 years under deal
Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.
The Defense Ministry and Elbit Systems Ltd., Israel’s largest non-government-owned defense company, announced Tuesday they had signed a $95 million contract for the firm to supply the Israel Defense Forces with advanced electro-optical systems.
Statements from both the company and the ministry did not name the specific systems that would be supplied to the IDF Ground Forces, but said they would include “long-range deployable observation systems, thermal weapon sights, and night vision equipment.”
The NIS 330 million ($95 million) contract includes maintenance services for the electro-optical systems for a period of 10 years.
According to the Defense Ministry, the systems would be supplied to infantry troops in both the standing and reserve army.
“These systems will provide the IDF with observation capabilities, target acquisition, and enemy exposure in various combat scenarios during day and nighttime,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Our tactical electro-optical systems improve force protection, accuracy, and the quick closing of the ‘sensor-to-shooter loop,'” said Oren Sabag, an Elbit official.
“This contract, which also includes long-term warranty and maintenance services, will significantly increase the upkeep and readiness of our systems in the field,” said Sabag, who heads the firm’s intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, reconnaissance (ISTAR) and electronic warfare (EW) departments.
Elbit and its subsidiaries manufacture defense systems for military and civilian use in the fields of communications, aerospace, land and naval systems, drones and advanced electro-optical systems.