Upgraded Su-25 'Scorpion,' Modernized by TAM and Elbit Systems, Makes Maiden Flight in Tbilisi, Georgia; Will Participate in Paris Airshow In June 2001

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Elbit Systems Ltd.

    HAIFA, Israel, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq:   ESLT),
 the defense electronics company, and TAM, the Georgian aircraft manufacturer,
 today jointly announced the upgrading of the Su-25 aircraft with an advanced
 avionics system including Weapon Delivery and Navigation System (WDNS).  The
 upgraded Su-25 "Scorpion" made its official maiden flight today at the TAM
 airfield in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The flight ceremony was attended by Eduard
 Shevardnadze, the president of Georgia, senior government and military
 officials and representatives from Elbit Systems and TAM.
     The Su-25 is a Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft that can carry a variety
 of weapons on ten underwing pylons.  The upgraded Su-25 "Scorpion" is equipped
 with advanced systems complying with ICAO requirements.  A state-of-the-art
 cockpit with two, 6 X 8 inch, multi-colored LCD displays and a Head-Up Display
 (HUD) had offered enhanced situational awareness and all-weather capabilities.
 This expands the operational use of the Su-25 and enhances flight safety.  The
 new avionics system provides accurate navigation and precise weapon delivery
 capabilities and is designed to handle both Eastern-type and Western-type
 weapons and pods.  The "Scorpion" brings the Su-25 operational performance and
 versatility to a standard, which fits the requirements of the modern
 battlefield and the needs of potential customers.
     The Su-25 "Scorpion" will be displayed in flight and on the ground at the
 Paris Air Show in June 2001.
     TAM, the original manufacturer of the Su-25, has produced more than 800
 aircraft that are in use by many customers.
 
     About Elbit Systems Ltd.
     Elbit Systems Ltd. is engaged in a wide range of defense related programs
 throughout the world, in the areas of aerospace, ground and naval systems,
 command, control and communications (C(3)) and advanced electro-optic
 technologies.  The Company focuses on upgrading existing military platforms
 and developing new technologies for defense applications.
 
     Statements in this press release which are not historical data are
 forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks,
 uncertainties or other factors not under the company's control, which may
 cause actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be
 materially different from the results, performance or other expectations
 implied by these forward-looking statements.  These factors include, but are
 not limited to, those detailed in the company's periodic filings with the
 securities and exchange commission.
 
 

SOURCE Elbit Systems Ltd.
    HAIFA, Israel, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq:   ESLT),
 the defense electronics company, and TAM, the Georgian aircraft manufacturer,
 today jointly announced the upgrading of the Su-25 aircraft with an advanced
 avionics system including Weapon Delivery and Navigation System (WDNS).  The
 upgraded Su-25 "Scorpion" made its official maiden flight today at the TAM
 airfield in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The flight ceremony was attended by Eduard
 Shevardnadze, the president of Georgia, senior government and military
 officials and representatives from Elbit Systems and TAM.
     The Su-25 is a Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft that can carry a variety
 of weapons on ten underwing pylons.  The upgraded Su-25 "Scorpion" is equipped
 with advanced systems complying with ICAO requirements.  A state-of-the-art
 cockpit with two, 6 X 8 inch, multi-colored LCD displays and a Head-Up Display
 (HUD) had offered enhanced situational awareness and all-weather capabilities.
 This expands the operational use of the Su-25 and enhances flight safety.  The
 new avionics system provides accurate navigation and precise weapon delivery
 capabilities and is designed to handle both Eastern-type and Western-type
 weapons and pods.  The "Scorpion" brings the Su-25 operational performance and
 versatility to a standard, which fits the requirements of the modern
 battlefield and the needs of potential customers.
     The Su-25 "Scorpion" will be displayed in flight and on the ground at the
 Paris Air Show in June 2001.
     TAM, the original manufacturer of the Su-25, has produced more than 800
 aircraft that are in use by many customers.
 
     About Elbit Systems Ltd.
     Elbit Systems Ltd. is engaged in a wide range of defense related programs
 throughout the world, in the areas of aerospace, ground and naval systems,
 command, control and communications (C(3)) and advanced electro-optic
 technologies.  The Company focuses on upgrading existing military platforms
 and developing new technologies for defense applications.
 
     Statements in this press release which are not historical data are
 forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks,
 uncertainties or other factors not under the company's control, which may
 cause actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be
 materially different from the results, performance or other expectations
 implied by these forward-looking statements.  These factors include, but are
 not limited to, those detailed in the company's periodic filings with the
 securities and exchange commission.
 
 SOURCE  Elbit Systems Ltd.