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Israel’s Elbit wins $172m contract to supply tanks to Asia-Pacific country

Deal with unnamed state for 30-ton Sabrah vehicles to be carried out over 3-year period

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

A tank prototype developed by Elbit Systems as part of the Defense Ministry's Carmel project, which was tested on August 4, 2019. (Defense Ministry)
Illustrative: A tank prototype developed by Elbit Systems as part of the Defense Ministry's Carmel project, which was tested on August 4, 2019. (Defense Ministry)

Israeli defense firm Elbit said Tuesday it had won a contract worth approximately $172 million to supply light tanks to an unnamed Asia-Pacific country.

Elbit’s Sabrah light tank system will be delivered to the country over a three-year period, the company said in a statement. It did not specify how many tanks were included in the deal.

The 30-ton vehicles will be equipped with a 105-millimeter turret and an array of Elbit subsystems, including sights, fire control systems, radio software and life support systems.

Last week, Elbit said its UK subsidiary won a contract worth approximately $137 million from the UK Ministry of Defence to provide the British military with a target acquisition solution.

Earlier this month, the Greek government approved a $1.68 billion agreement to purchase training aircraft from Israel and for Elbit to establish a flight school for Greece’s air force. The deal will see Elbit set up and operate a training school for the Hellenic Air Force. It also includes the sale of 10 Aermacchi M-346 aircraft, known in Israel as the Lavi, and for Elbit to upgrade and maintain Greece’s T-6 training planes.

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