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The EuroNaval 2006 naval defense and maritime safety trade show proved to be a success for Israel Aircraft Industries subsidiary Elta Systems Group, as the Ashdod-based company nabbed over $400 million worth of contracts at the event.
In the largest of the deals announced by Elta over the weekend, Elta will upgrade an undisclosed customer's naval flagships with its EL/M-2248 Multi-Function Surveillance, Tracking and Missile Guidance (MF-STAR) for an estimated $200m.
The defense electronics company also was awarded an $80m. contract to provide its EL/M-2238 Three-Dimensional Surveillance, and Threat Alert (3-D STAR) and EL/M-2221 Search, Track and Guidance/Gunnery Radar (STGR) radars to upgrade an unnamed customer's frigates, and will supply its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mounted on airborne platforms to several customers for a total $59m.
The SAR systems produce images with near photographic quality and operate as true all weather, day and night sensors with radar which has the capability to penetrate clouds, rain, smoke, fog and smog.
Meanwhile, Elta's EL/M-2022A airborne maritime surveillance radars brought in $28m. in orders from the Australian Defense Force and several NATO countries. These radars can be used in blue and littoral waters warfare, maritime surveillance and Exclusive Economic Zone patrol, drug enforcement operations, coast guard and fisheries patrol, and search and rescue.
The remaining deals include a $20m. contract for the supply of Elta's EL/L-8248 Radar Warning & Jammer (RWJ) Electronic Warfare (EW) self-protection suite to an undisclosed customer, a $15m. order from a customer in Central America for its EL/I-3310 coastal surveillance system, and a $10m. deal to provide its EL/K-7029 Direction Finder Fix to an unnamed customer.
In its 20th year, the Euronaval trade show, one of the largest naval and maritime exhibitions, took place in Paris from October 23 to 27 under the joint auspices of the French Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Sea.