Elbit wins Rafael contracts to supply airborne laser designators


Elbit Systems has received two contracts from Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to supply airborne laser designators.

Valued at around $35m, the contracts require Elbit to supply the laser designators over a three-year period.

Rafael will, in turn, deliver these systems to two Asia-Pacific countries.

"The awarded contracts reaffirm Elbit Systems' commitment to the Asia-Pacific market and to its investments in local industries."

Elbit Systems ISTAR Division general manager Elad Aharonson said: "Elbit Systems has years of experience in developing advanced electro optic systems including highly accurate and powerful laser designators in particular.

“The awarded contracts reaffirm Elbit Systems' commitment to the Asia-Pacific market and to its investments in local industries.”

Elbit said that its designators focus on optimising size, weight and power (SWaP), therefore providing the optimal solution for ground and airborne systems alike.

Designed to provide aircrews with force multiplying capabilities, the miniaturised laser systems enable a precise target designation and a rapid closure of the sensor to shooter cycle.

Elbit's technological investments, as well as a large scale production infrastructure have helped the company become a world leader in the field of lasers in general and laser designators in particular, with thousands of designators operational worldwide.

The company operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems.

It also upgrades existing platforms, develops new technologies for defence, homeland security and commercial applications and provides a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.