Elbit Systems' Hermes 450 Unmanned Air Vehicle to Support US Homeland Security on Arizona's Southern Border

Jun 30, 2004, 01:00 ET from Elbit Systems Ltd.

    HAIFA, Israel, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
     Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:  ESLT) announced today that its wholly-owned
 subsidiary, EFW Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas, is providing the Department
 of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) its Hermes 450
 Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) along Arizona's southern border as part of the
 Arizona Border Control Initiative (ABCI).
     Under the CBP lease contract, EFW and Elbit Systems provide UAV's, ground
 control stations, operational crews and support personnel for UAV flight
 support of border patrol operations. This initial pilot program, which is
 focused on the Arizona border with Mexico, may be extended into next year and
 may be expanded by CBP to include the northern US border with Canada.
     The ABCI initiative is intended to provide improved surveillance along
 the Mexican border for various homeland security applications, including
 illegal immigration and drug smuggling. The UAVs will supplement manned
 aircraft and ground sensors with flight operation scheduled for the summer of
 2004. The Hermes 450 Unmanned Air Vehicles are equipped with electro-optic
 sensors and communications payloads providing day and night imagery to
 Customs and Border Protection agents. The UAVs permit greater coverage and
 quicker response in the rugged, desolate areas of the southwest border and
 are the first operational use of UAVs for border patrol in the USA.
     EFW's President, Tim Taylor, commented: " We are pleased to be supporting
 this important effort by providing this valuable technology and operating
 expertise to help the Department of Homeland Security detect and respond to
 border incidents. Our corporation brings extensive experience in the use of
 UAVs and associated security systems specifically designed for border
 protection and we believe that the UAV's will become an integral and
 successful part of the homeland security front."
     Elbit Systems is the primary supplier of tactical UAVs to the Israel
 Ministry of Defense. Elbit Systems' Unmanned Air Vehicles and its other
 Border Security systems are used extensively worldwide. The Hermes UAV family
 comprises new-generation unmanned aircraft designed for real time imaging and
 data distribution, capable of carrying multiple payloads, featuring fully
 redundant avionics and providing mission flexibility with exceptional
 reliability. During the last twelve months, the Hermes 450 UAV system has
 been successfully supporting the US Government Joint UAV test and evaluation
 operations at NAS Fallon, Nevada.
     About EFW
     Based in Fort Worth, Texas, EFW Inc., a member of the Elbit Systems
 Group, is an established defense electronics supplier specializing in
 sophisticated hardware and software solutions for upgrade, integration and
 sustainment programs. EFW provides systems for various weapon platforms for
 U.S. and allied military forces. EFW is a Gold supplier to Boeing, Silver
 Supplier to Lockheed Martin and ISO9001 certified.
     For more about EFW Inc., please visit our website at www.efw.com.
     About Elbit Systems
     Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company
 engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world, in
 the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control,
 communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
 ("C4ISR"), advanced electro-optic and space technologies. The company focuses
 on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new
 technologies for defense and Homeland Security applications.
     For more about Elbit Systems, please visit our website at
 www.elbitsystems.com
     Contacts:
     Elbit Systems contact:
     Ilan Pacholderr, VP Finance& Capital Markets
     Elbit Systems Ltd.
     Tel: +972-4-831-6632
     Fax: +972-4-831-6659
     Pacholder@elbit.co.il
 
     IR Contacts:
     Ehud Helft/Kenny Green
     Gelbart Kahana
     Tel: +1-866-704-6710
     Fax: +972-3-607-4711
     ehud@gk-biz.com
     kenny@gk-biz.com
 
     EFW contact:
     Rich Nelson, VP Legal
     EFW Inc.
     Tel: +1-817-234-6726
     Fax: +1-817-234-4499
     EFW_Inc@efw.com
 
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