Elbit Systems awarded $82 Million contract, NL protection systems

The company was also awarded a major contract to supply armored personnel carriers to a country in Asia.

 COPAS system installed on a CV90 armored combat vehicle (photo credit: ELBIT SYSTEMS)
COPAS system installed on a CV90 armored combat vehicle
(photo credit: ELBIT SYSTEMS)
Elbit Systems on Sunday said it was awarded an approximately $82 million contract from BAE Systems Hägglunds to supply the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) with Active Protection Systems (APS) and electro-optical commander sights.
The contract will be performed over a period of four and a half years, it said.
Under the terms of the contract and as part of the modernization program led by BAE, Elbit will equip CV90 armored combat vehicles of the RNLA with Iron Fist APS and Commander Open Architecture Panoramic Sights (COAPS), Elbit Systems said in a press release.
Iron Fist is a lightweight system that uses optical sensors, tracking radars, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat threats at a safe distance, with negligible residual penetration. COAPS is a modular dual-axis stabilized sight that facilitates fire-control computation and long-range target acquisition in day and night for both stationary and mobile situations.
The company is “pleased with the opportunity to cooperate with BAE Systems Hägglunds and to support this important modernization program of the RNLA,” Elbit Systems general manager Yehuda Vered said.
Also on Sunday, Elbit said it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $46m. to supply VBTP 6X6 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the army of a country in the Asia-Pacific region.
The contract will be performed over a three-year period, it said.
Elbit said it would supply the VBTP 6X6 wheeled APCs that were developed by Iveco Defense Vehicles in cooperation with the Brazilian Army.
The VBTP 6X6 APCs will be equipped with Elbit’s turrets and a range of the company’s subsystems, including electric drive and stabilization systems, fire control systems, TORCH-XTM battle-management systems, E-LynXTM software-defined radio systems, gunner and commander sights, as well as life support systems, Elbit said.
Elbit welcomes the continuous cooperation with Iveco, “particularly with our capacity to contribute to the export efforts of the Brazilian defense industry,” Vered said.
“We believe that our strong portfolio of subsystems positions us advantageously to lead procurement programs of armored vehicles, especially as the missions they are tasked with are becoming more diverse and increasingly networked,” he said.