L3Harris Technologies entered into a teaming agreement with advanced defense and intelligence electronics specialist IAI-ELTA Systems Ltd. to deliver a sophisticated fire detection and response capability for Australian armored fighting vehicles. The new system will enable a combat vehicle – when it encounters live fires – to immediately detect incoming rounds and initiate self-defense responses, which include a combination of electronic warfare measures and kinetic effects. The vehicle protection systems are considered a mission-critical sovereign industrial capability in Australia, and a goal of the partnership is to ensure all current and future combat vehicles could be outfitted with the system that will enable each vehicle to defend itself against incoming attacks.
“IAI looks forward to working with L3Harris Technologies to provide these unique sensors for armored vehicles in Australia. Together IAI and L3Harris have a superior combined knowledge and capability in this field. Further trials are ongoing with very positive reports, so we are confident that the full system will meet the local requirements,” said Zvi Yarom, IAI-ELTA’s vice president and general manager, Land Systems.
“Manufactured by L3Harris Micreo in Brisbane, the system sensors are easily deployed and integrated onto any vehicle. They will not only rapidly detect live fires, but will be intuitive for operators in any battlespace to employ. Our strong partnership with ELTA has ensured they see us as a safe pair of hands, which is why we were approached to provide Australian Industry Capability and act as prime for local projects. We look forward to working with ELTA to ultimately deliver a truly sovereign capability for Australian service members,” said Sarah Earey, managing director of Intelligence and Cyber International – APAC at L3Harris.
The advanced tactical sensors for the system were developed by ELTA, including the StormGuard Tactical Multi-mission Radar System, Othello Optical Threat Locator and Othello-P Opto-Acoustic Hostile Fire Location System. L3Harris’ decade-long relationship with trusted partner ELTA has led to the defense systems innovator becoming the prime contractor for the delivery of the solution. L3Harris Technologies, an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivers end-to-end solutions meeting our customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.