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Elbit Systems Awarded $300 Million Contract to Supply Armored Vehicle Systems to Austrian Army

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Elbit Systems Awarded $300 Million Contract to Supply Armored Vehicle Systems to Austrian Army

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Pandur 6x6 EVO Wheeled Armored Vehicles
Pandur 6x6 EVO Wheeled Armored Vehicles

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a contract in an amount of approximately $300 million to supply weapon, reconnaissance, driving, and situational awareness systems for approximately 230 armored vehicles, to a European customer. The contract will be performed over a period of six years and includes custom design, production, lifecycle maintenance and complete in-country support. However on February 19, the Austrian Ministry of Defence signed a contract with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for 225 Pandur EVO 6×6 armoured vehicles. Pandur EVO compared to the Pandur I armored personnel carriers (supplied in the second half of the 1990s) with the Austrian army has increased weight, protection and an engine with a power of 455 hp.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems said: “This contract underscores the customer’s high level of satisfaction for our systems and solutions already in service. It also reinforces Elbit Systems’ leadership in the armored vehicle market, underpinned by our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions that meet the requirements of our customers.”

Elbit Systems will supply the Austrian Army with new WS4 Panther remotely operated weapon system (ROWS) through its wholly-owned subsidiary in Austria, ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) GmbH.
Elbit Systems will supply the Austrian Army with new WS4 Panther remotely operated weapon system (ROWS) through its wholly-owned subsidiary in Austria, ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) GmbH. (Photo by Austrian Armed Forces)

The Pandur EVO equipped with a WS4 Panther remotely controlled weapon station armed with a 12.7-mm M2NV machine gun and a 7.62-mm MG74 machine gun from ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) GmbH, the Austrian division of the Israeli company Elbit Systems. The WS4 Panther remotely operated weapon system (ROWS) family is a third-generation, high-precision, multi-purpose weapon system for small and mid-caliber weapons. With modular, dual-weapon capabilities, the ROWS is designed for dynamic or static operation, to be used on ground stationary, ground mobile or naval platforms.

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial 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, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios, cyber-based systems and munitions. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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