IAI wins $200m contract to supply targeting and surveillance pods to Asian country


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a $200m contract to supply targeting and surveillance pods to an undisclosed country in Asia.

The contract will be carried out by IAI's subsidiary ELTA Systems and is a follow-up order for the new generation of targeting and surveillance pods already used by the country's air force.

IAI president and CEO Joseph Weiss said: “IAI has many years of experience in designing and manufacturing airborne warfare systems, which play a central role in the operations of several air forces around the globe.

"Being able to provide airborne tactical and strategic intelligence in real time allows our clients to deal with current and future operational challenges in the best way possible.

"Being able to provide airborne tactical and strategic intelligence in real time allows our clients to deal with current and future operational challenges in the best way possible."

"This is a very important deal for us and one we are proud to have been chosen for. It constitutes a strong pillar in our relationship with this client."

Elbit Systems' Electro-optics division, Elop, has served as a sub-contractor in the development of the pods.

Under a separate $82m contract, Elbit will provide its Electro-optic airborne solution, Condor 2, to an Asian country for use in intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.

Elbit Systems ISTAR division general manager Elad Aharonson said: "Our ISTAR systems and solutions enable customers to carry out effective and flexible ISTAR operations. We see a strong and growing global demand for ISTAR solutions, and believe that other customers will follow this Asia-Pacific customer and select our systems for their needs."

The Condor 2 is equipped with a long focal length electro-optical camera and has been designed to provide simultaneous high-resolution visible and IR reconnaissance images at a long stand-off distance from the target, Elbit stated.