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Elbit Awarded $78M Contract for Drone Surveillance Systems

Photonics.com
Sep 2015
HAIFA, Israel, Sept. 9, 2015 — Defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded a $78 million contract to provide an unnamed European country with electro-optical intelligence-gathering equipment for unmanned aircraft systems.

The devices will consist of multisensor electro-optics systems capable of long-range visual intelligence for day and night applications. Adaptable for a variety of airborne applications, the system will serve as a building block for integrated intelligence solutions.

The two-year contract involves Elbit’s Istar division, which focuses on space and time responses for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance markets. The Istar division incorporates the firm's Elop electro-optics subsidiary, its unmanned systems sector and the communications intelligence capabilities provided by Elisra Ltd., a company Elbit acquired nearly 10 years ago.

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international manufacturer of defense electronic systems and integrated battle systems for air, sea, land and space.



GLOSSARY
electro-optics
1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
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