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January 11, 2012

Elbit Systems to Provide Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for $50 Million

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

An unidentified nation in the Americas has ordered a Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from Elbit Systems for $50 million. The UAV will be used in security missions for about a year.

As part of the deal, Elbit Systems – which is based in Israel – will also deliver Universal Ground Control Stations (UGCS), an Electro-Optics DCoMPASS payload system, and satellite communication systems, according to a report from TMCnet. 

In another recent deal, Elbit Systems was selected to provide Lightweight Weapons Stations (LWS) to the Israel Ministry of Defense and to an unidentified European Army, according to a company press release.

Elbit Systems was selected to receive some $11 million to upgrade the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) lightweight weapons arsenal, the company says.  The weapons are 7.62mm, 12.7mm and 40mm LWS. They will be placed on Armored Personnel Carriers and Armored Fighting Vehicles. Elbit Systems was also selected to receive $10 million to provide a European Army with 12.7mm LWS. The LSW will be placed on Pandur 6x6 vehicles, the company said.

Also, Elbit Systems of America was given a five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Defense Logistics Agency to make Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Electronic Module Assemblies (EMA (News - Alert)) for all U.S. Air Force Block 30 and Block 50 f-16 Wide Angle Conventional (WAC) Head Up Displays (HUDs), according to a company press release.

In other recent company news, Elbit Systems has settled a dispute with the government of Georgia. Georgia will pay Elbit about $35 million and will return equipment and sub-systems to the company, according to a company press release.

Elbit Systems is an electronics company. It provides products in commercial, homeland security, defense and defense-related sectors, according to the company’s website. The company improves existing military platforms, too.

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Ed Silverstein is a TMCnet contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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