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Elbit to Supply Finnish Army

Israeli firm awarded contract for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance program.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/29/2012, 10:56 AM

Elbit Battlefield Systems
Elbit Battlefield Systems
Israel news photo: Flash 90 / Elbit

Elbit Systems announced Monday that it was awarded a contract by the Finnish Army, to supply advanced dismounted soldier systems, in the first phase of a comprehensive ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) program.

The solution offered by Elbit Systems includes enhanced observation soldier equipment (MARS), comprehensive situation awareness software, cutting edge combat soldier wearable radio (PNR1000) and computer systems intended to enhance the operational capabilities of the Finnish Army in the areas of reconnaissance, terrain dominance and dismounted soldiers.

Elbit's solution will also assist the Finnish Army in developing new combat doctrines, and serve as a basis for developing the military's future forward observation program.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, General Manager of Elbit Systems' Land and C4I Division, commented: "We are proud that Finland, a NATO Partner of Peace, has selected our systems following a rigorous competition, including field testing in Lapland. This win affirms yet again our leadership as a supplier of advanced solutions for soldier systems."

Elbit operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS"), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios.