Elbit Systems UK has been selected by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) to provide the Elbit Laser Warning System (ELAWS) as part of the Challenger 3 (CR3) Programme. Elbit Systems UK will supply 150 ELAWS providing United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) personnel with accurate warnings to support effective and timely responses to laser-guided threats. The ELAWS is a widely operational and proven system, with products in the family currently being delivered into other Armoured Fighting Vehicle programmes for UK MoD and also for other international customers.
Elbit Systems’ Laser Warning System (E-LAWS) and Threat Detection System (TDS) detect, categorize and pinpoint laser sources such as rangefinders, designators, beam riders, infrared illuminators and trainers. In addition to laser sources, the Multi Threat Detection System (MTDS) detects, categorizes and pinpoints radar/RF sources. All of these systems allow for training within the vehicle and include built-in test. The advanced, high-speed processing and communication capabilities, combined with electrooptical operation, ensure accurate and dependable operation. The warning systems are combat-proven and in use by numerous armed forces around the world (NATO and others).
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: “We have a proven track record of supporting advanced capabilities for our Armed Forces, and expertise in providing high technology protection systems for armoured vehicles. We are committed to ensuring that UK Armed Forces personnel are suitably equipped and protected from a constantly evolving range of threats, and we will continue to support all phases of this programme from a number of our sites across the UK.”
Providing 360° threat coverage, ELAWS is capable of detecting, categorising and accurately pinpointing laser sources such as range finders, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, target designators and infrared illuminators. It can also seamlessly integrate with a wide array of countermeasures. Throughout the CR3 Programme, Elbit Systems UK will work closely with RBSL to fully deliver the requirements of MoD and the Armed Forces, building on the work conducted during the previous Programme Assessment phases. This contract represents a significant step, not only in the development of UK defence capabilities and investment in the supply chain, but also in the fostering of UK skills through the transfer of cutting-edge technology.