Elbit Systems Ltd. announced that it successfully completed the acceptance tests for new patrol vessels of the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG). The acceptance tests were conducted in the Aegean maritime arena and included integration level tests of the combat systems and subsystems onboard the vessels as well as live firing tests from the onboard Remote Controlled Weapon Stations.In March 2019, the Company reported that it was awarded a contract from Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA to supply combat suites and perform systems’ integration for the new patrol vessels of the HCG.
The systems supplied and integrated by Elbit Systems include the SPECTRO XR Electro Optical payloads, Radars, Navigation Systems, Warship Automatic Identification System (W-AIS) as well as Remote Control Weapon Stations (RCWS) with full integration into a Command and Control software. The combat suit is designed to support future “plug and play” integration of aerial and surface unmanned systems that will enable expansion of the operational envelop of the patrol vessels far beyond line of sight.
The Hellenic Coast Guard is the national coast guard of Greece. Like many other coast guards, it is a paramilitary organization that can support the Hellenic Navy in wartime, but resides under separate civilian control in times of peace. It was founded in 1919 and the legal framework for its function was reformed in 1927. The structure of the Hellenic Coast Guard predicts a fleet consisting of Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) sized 45–60 metres in length, Patrol boats with lengths of 25–30 metres and Coastal Patrol Vessels of various types with lengths of 14–20 metres.
Its broad portfolio of maritime capabilities ranging from EW, sonars, EO and CMS, to autonomous platforms and weapon systems enables Elbit Systems to provide navies with enhanced situational awareness and deterrence capabilities, as well as integrated combat suites for new and in service ships. Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”).