Elbit Systems UK Royal Navy Contract: Israel defence company Elbit Systems Tuesday said its subsidiary Elbit Systems UK was awarded a $100 million contract (£73 million) by Babcock International Group to provide the British Royal Navy with new Electronic Warfare capabilities.
The contract, which has been awarded under the Increment 1 of the Maritime Electronic Warfare System Integrated Capability (MEWSIC) Program, will be performed over a period of 13 years and will include in-service support.
Under the Program, Elbit Systems UK will design, manufacture and deliver maritime Electronic Warfare (EW) suites comprised of fully digital full-spectrum Radar Electronic Support Measures (RESM) and EW Command and Control (EWC2) systems.
These latest generation technologies will enhance the situational awareness and anti-ship missile defense of front-line platforms and improve their capability to exploit the electromagnetic environment.
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said the company will work with its local partners on developing and delivering these cutting edge technologies, creating high skilled jobs while providing operational sovereignty and freedom of action.
Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace said these enhancements will upgrade the Royal Navy with pioneering radar detection capabilities maintaining the UK’s operational advantage at sea
“The £100-million investment with key industry partners will underpin vital defence outputs whilst supporting jobs and investment in the South-West of England,” Wallace said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
According to the Israeli defence company, there is a growing demand for its maritime portfolio of solutions.
During the last three years the company won several contracts in the field such as a contract to develop and deliver a new Combat Systems Operator Trainer in the Future Submarine School of the UK Royal Navy and modernisation of legacy synthetic training systems across the Royal Navy.
These contracts also include the supply of Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities including USVs, Sonars and Combat Management Systems to countries in Asia-Pacific.
It also includes a contract to provide the SPECTRO XR multi-spectral electro-optic systems to maritime forces, a contract to deliver USVs for Mine Counter Measure missions, and another contract to equip vessels with integrative intelligence suites.
Elbit Systems also won a contract to deliver Underwater Sound Source System for the Republic of Korea and a contract to supply combat suites and perform systems’ integration for the new patrol vessels of the Hellenic Coast Guard.
In order to boost its offerings in the field of under-sea warfare capabilities, Israeli defence major acquired Sparton Corporation, a well-known US developer, producer and supplier of systems supporting Undersea Warfare for the US Navy and allied Naval forces.