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 Haifa, Israel, September 6, 2011 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC ("Elbit Systems of America"), has been awarded a contract to supply Boeing Military Aircraft with the CV-22 Color Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas. The contract, which is not in an amount that is material to Elbit Systems, will allow Elbit Systems of America to provide the U.S. Air Force with a Color HMD that includes full helmet tracking capability and effectively meets AFSOC objectives in the near and long term.

Coupling Helmet Display and Tracking System (HDTS) technology with new color symbology for day and night vision goggle night missions, AFSOC CV-22 crews will attain a higher level of situational awareness, allowing them to fly heads up and eyes out. This capability is crucial today and in the battle space of the future. Elbit Systems' Color HMD with head tracking capability delivers this important solution while also providing a growth path to a myriad of situational awareness solutions.

The color HMD is based on the proven Elbit Systems ANVIS/HUD® system which has been in use by U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force rotary wing/tilt rotor pilots for many years.  Elbit Systems of America  is a long-time valued silver-rated supplier to Boeing Military Aircraft for the V-22 program.

Elbit Systems of America President and Chief Executive Officer, Raanan Horowitz, commented: “We are pleased to have been selected by Boeing to provide cutting-edge technology for the warfighter, delivering high quality color Helmet Mounted Displays to support critical missions and needs. Elbit Systems of America is a leader in developing, producing and deploying helmet mounted display systems for many customers and applications. Our systems are proven, offering situational awareness and added safety to military forces on various platforms.”


Notes to Editors: 
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is the first aircraft designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the Defense Department’s four U.S. armed services. The tiltrotor aircraft takes off and lands like a helicopter. Once airborne, its engine nacelles can be rotated to convert the aircraft to a turboprop airplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight.
The V-22 Osprey provides unique capabilities offering:

  • Increased speed because it’s twice as fast as a helicopter.
  • Much longer range resulting in greater mission versatility than a helicopter.
  • Multi-mission capability: amphibious assault, combat support, long-range special ops infiltration and exfiltration, transport, search and rescue, medevac, and, in the future, tanker capability.

The V-22 Osprey aircraft:

  • Can transport 24 combat troops, 20,000 pounds of internal or up to 15,000 pounds of external cargo using its medium lift and vertical takeoff and landing capabilities
  • Meets U.S. Navy requirements for combat search and rescue, fleet logistics support, and special warfare support
  • Matches the U.S. Special Operations Command’s requirement for a high-speed, long-range, vertical lift aircraft
  • Can be stored aboard an aircraft carrier or assault ship because the rotors can fold and the wings rotate
  • Has air-to-air refueling capability, the cornerstone of the ability to self-deploy

Boeing is responsible for the fuselage and all subsystems, digital avionics, and fly-by-wire flight-control systems. Boeing partner Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., is responsible for the wing, transmissions, empennage, rotor systems and engine installation.

The V-22 provides a significant increase in operational range over the legacy systems it will replace and is the only vertical platform capable of rapid self-deployment to any theater of operation worldwide.


About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, 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. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.

For additional information, visit: www.elbitsystems.com.

 

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