Israel's Elbit to supply US Marines with laser system.
(photo credit: ELBIT)
Israeli defense company Elbit Systems announced Sunday that it has been awarded with a $73.4 million contract from the US Marine Corps to supply a laser system that enables soldiers in concealed positions to carry out imaging, range finding and navigation in combat arenas.
The contract, valid until 2020, was awarded to Elbit Systems of America – a subsidiary of Elbit Systems – to supply the Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability system to the marines.
“To date, Elbit Systems of America has received an initial order in the amount of $7.5 million” under the contract, the company said. Ra’anan Horowitz, president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America, said the laser system is lightweight and mission-ready for the foot-mobile marine.
“Leveraging the innovative capabilities of our imaging, range finding, and degraded environment navigation solutions, marines are now able to acquire targets without breaking cover from their concealed fighting positions and minimize impact while on the move,” Horowitz added.
Elbit also produces the helmet- mounted display for Lockheed Martin’s fifth generation F-35 fighter jet.
Last year, the company said it would begin installing its J-Music anti-missile laser protection system on German Air Force transport planes.
Elbit last year also won a contract to supply the Canadian Armed Forces with a mobile satellite communications system that can be installed on a range of military platforms.