Israel's Elbit wins $20 million contract for military radio system

The Western client, which Elbit declined to name, will receive products from Elbit's new E-LynX Software Defined Radio family over the next three years.

April 26, 2016 17:52
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Elbit's MCTR-7200 system, a member of the company's software defined radio family. (photo credit: ELBIT)


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An unnamed Western state awarded Israeli defense company Elbit Systems with a $20 million contract for the supply of tactical mobile radios, the corporation announced on Tuesday.

The client, which Elbit declined to name, will receive products from Elbit’s new E-LynX Software Defined Radio family over the next three years.

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Software defined radios enable military units to communicate over a range of frequencies without interruption over secure channels, and employ IP networking technology.

“The E-LynX radio solution offers reliable voice, data and video services simultaneously, along with integrated blue (friendly) force tracking capabilities, both in narrow and wide band waveforms,” Elbit said.

The system is based on combat proven capabilities, and will work as a “mobile networking backbone for modern Battle Management Systems and soldier systems,” the company said.

Yehuda Vered, general manager of Elbit Systems Land and C4I (Teleprocessing) Division, added, “The modern battlefield requires sophisticated networking capabilities for the maneuvering forces as an infrastructure for situational awareness and terrain dominance.

This award is a result of our continuous efforts and investments in research and development in order to achieve modern military networking and radio capabilities.”

Last month, Elbit unveiled an upgraded tactical drone, which belongs to the same family of UAVs that currently serves IDF ground units on a daily basis.

Neither Elbit nor the Defense Ministry would comment on whether Israel planned to acquire the latest platform, but Elbit said it has “already been selected by an undisclosed customer.”

The Skylark-3 is designed to supply ground commanders with visual intelligence, and assist in the surveillance and reconnaissance of areas near the units in operation.

The autonomous mini-UAV is “best suited for brigades and divisions, and delivers over the next hill visual intelligence that enables ground units to protect themselves.

The IDF uses Syklarks-1 and-2 for daily security missions along borders, as well as for counterterrorism missions in Judea and Samaria.

Skylark-3 has a much larger range of 100 kilometers, and a flight endurance of up to six hours, Elbit said.

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