(Left) Vice Admiral Barsboom NL Director DMO with Butzi Machlis Elbit CEO and President(Right).
(photo credit: ELBIT SYSTEMS,ELBIT PR)
Israeli defense electronics firm Elbit Systems Ltd said on Thursday a subsidiary won a contract worth $150 million from the Dutch Ministry of Defense to supply advanced systems for infantry soldiers in the Benelux countries.
The contract will be carried out over five years. Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd will serve as the program's prime contractor and Thales Netherlands BV will be its main sub-contractor. Other local companies will take part.
The Smart Vest program is a co-operation between the soldier modernization programs of the Benelux countries: Netherlands' VOSS, Belgium's BEST and Luxemburg's COMPASS. It will provide ground soldiers with a light-weight system to enhance survivability and safety while increasing their capabilities in the digital battlefield.
The program will include wearable, protective systems for the soldier, command and control systems, specialized displays and vehicle systems.