Israeli defense firm Elbit wins US Air Force contract worth up to $476 million
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Israeli defense firm Elbit wins US Air Force contract worth up to $476 million

Company’s US subsidiary to provide missile defense system for F-16s over next 10 years

Luke Tress is a video journalist and tech reporter for the Times of Israel

A US Air National Guard F-16 during an exercise in Oklahoma, February 26, 2020. (US Air National Guard/Master Sgt. C.T. Michael)
A US Air National Guard F-16 during an exercise in Oklahoma, February 26, 2020. (US Air National Guard/Master Sgt. C.T. Michael)

Israeli defense firm Elbit said Monday that its US subsidiary, Elbit America, had won a US Air Force contract worth up to $471 million.

The company will supply a missile warning system to F-16 fighter jets belonging to the US Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command.

The work will be carried out in Fort Worth, Texas, where Elbit’s US subsidiary is based, over a 10-year period. The fixed-price deal’s ceiling is $471.6 million and is starting with an order valued at $17 million, the Pentagon said.

Neither Elbit nor the Pentagon identified the specific system, only describing it as a pylon-based infrared missile warning system.

Elbit’s Passive Airborne Warning Systems (PAWS) are suitable for F-16s and can be configured to an aircraft’s pylons. The combat-tested system provides 360 degree threat detection and tracking, and automatically manages countermeasures, Elbit says. The Israeli military flies US-produced F-16s.

Elbit has disclosed over $1 billion in contracts since the start of 2020. It trades on the Nasdaq and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the ticker ESLT.

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