MERRIMACK, New Hampshire, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., was awarded a $9.6 million contract by the United States Marine Corps System Command at Quantico Marine Base, Virginia to provide the Joint Terminal Attack Controller Laser Target Designator (JTAC LTD). The initial contract is for three first article units, 150 production units, spares and training and will be performed over a period of one year. The contract also contains options for logistics support, which if exercised, will bring its value to $10.8 million.
The JTAC LTD is a very lightweight, battery-powered laser target designator and marker small enough to be carried by foot-mobile Marines. It will enable Marines to designate targets for laser-guided bombs, missiles and other munitions. The JTAC LTD incorporates the Elbit Systems high performance miniaturized Rattler designator currently in full scale production and implemented to date on numerous airborne and ground based programs. The JTAC LTD also provides target hand-off to aircraft Laser Spot Trackers (LSTs). The system capitalizes the latest advances in laser generation and battery power technologies. The JTAC LTD features a high power near infrared laser pointer for targeting operations during nighttime conditions.
The Marine Corps JTAC LTD is meant to supplement full-power, long range laser target designators like the Elbit Systems of America AN/PEQ-17 portable lightweight designator rangefinder (PLDR) and is fully interoperable with the ESA AN/PAS-25 Thermal Laser Spot Imager (TLSI).
Elbit Systems of America President and CEO, Raanan Horowitz commented, "Elbit Systems of America is pleased to provide the Marines with this tactical capability, based on significant investment in advanced miniaturized laser technologies and a deep understanding of the operational requirements and to again have the confidence of the United States Marine Corps placed in us. This award is evidence of our proven ability to put life-saving, precision instruments in the hands of those on the frontlines."
About Elbit Systems of America, LLC
Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications.
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: http://www.elbitsystems.com.
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