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Elbit Systems of America
Receives $68 Million ID/
IQ Contract to Supply
Elbit Systems of America - a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit
Systems Ltd - was awarded a 5-year, $68 million Indefinite Delivery
Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the US Army Contracting
Command in Huntsville, Alabama, on October 13 to supply the U.S.Army,
Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard with AN/AVS-7 Head-Up Display
components including the latest Elbit Systems of America Flat Panel Day
and Night Head-Up Display units.
Initial delivery orders totaling $23M have been awarded under the new
ID/IQ contract. This is a follow-on contract to a $75M ID/IQ contract
awarded in September 2005.
The new display units increase situational awareness and safety by
allowing pilots to fly “head out of the cockpit” during day and night
operations. They are a plug and play upgrade to the legacy SU-180/AVS-7
Display units. The SU-180/AVS-7 Display units have been in operational
use by United States Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force rotary wing pilots
since the mid-1990’s and is installed on most US military utility and cargo
helicopter platforms, including the UH-60L, CH-53E, CH-47D, CH-46, H-1,
V-22 and others.
Commenting on the award, Elbit Systems of America President and CEO,
Raanan Horowitz noted, “This follow-on order attests to our customer’s
satisfaction with our systems and performance track record. Elbit Systems
of America is pleased to provide cutting-edge technology for the warfighter,
delivering high quality Helmet Mounted Displays at an accelerated pace,
supporting critical missions and needs. The AN/AVS-7 has proven itself by
providing situational awareness and added safety to Army aviators on all
U.S . Army helicopter platforms and we are proud we can provide now an
upgrade to these systems.” APDR
Sagem named prime contractor
for RIF-NG new-generation soldier
Sagem announced on October 20 that the French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded the company
an initial conditional tranche worth more than 25 million euros as prime contractor for the RIF-NG, the radio
communications and information system for warfighters using the FELIN equipment suite.
The RIF-NG (Réseau d’Information du Fantassin de Nouvelle Génération) new- generation soldier information
network is being developed to take account of the planned allocation of the 800 MHz bandwidth used by the RIF,
the information network now used by FELIN-equipped units, to civilian 4G (very high speed) mobile networks.
Sagem says that compared to the current RIF system, the RIF-NG will provide new services in addition to the
phone and data functions that are already available, including radio relay, encryption and transmission protection.
The RIF-NG system will be available in three configurations: individual radio, tactical remote relay unit, and vehicle
relay unit. Deployed by each soldier and integrated in armored infantry vehicles, the RIF-NG is designed to ensure
continuous communications between soldiers and with vehicles, for both mounted and dismounted operations.
Delivered starting in 2013, the RIF-NG will outfit troops and vehicles in all French army infantry units. The
first infantry units already equipped with the FELIN system will have their individual RIF radios upgraded to the
The RIF-NG system offers new collaborative functions and enhanced operational efficiency at platoon level, and
enables vehicles to contribute to the overall effectiveness of FELIN.
An essential part of the French army’s digital battlefield initiative, the RIF-NG program is worth a total of 87
million euros. APDR
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