Israel’s Elbit Systems’ US subsidiary is making moves this month as it has been awarded a $12.7 million contract from the US Army to provide it with additional Apache Aviator integrated helmets. Meanwhile, the firm has also announced that it will showcase its next-generation systems and solutions for the US Army at the upcoming Association of United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington DC, October 13-15.
Elbit says that work on the helemts will be performed over a two-year period at Elbit Systems of America’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
“We have specifically designed the helmet modifications of the AAIH and Apache Integrated Helmet and Display and Sight System to improve safety features and add greater comfort for the Army Aviator, ” stated Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer, Elbit Systems of America. “This integrated helmet is a key component of the IHADSS-21 system for the AH-64E helicopter, providing exceptional situational awareness and targeting information.”
At the upcoming Association of United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition, Elbit will showcase what it calls an impressive line-up of next-generation systems and solutions that will enable the US Army to react as a unified force with unprecedented speed, precision, and intelligence.
Intelligence gathering and knowledge dissemination, the company says, are key components of Elbit Systems of America’s rapid mobility solution. Connectivity, situational awareness and combat effectiveness are improved via a command and control network.
In one scenario, the mission might begin with the Skylark [TM] I-LE, Block 2, unmanned aerial system (UAS) flying silently overhead. Using a unique gyroscopically stabilized, gimbaled payload and proven flight control algorithms to provide automatic tracking of dynamic targets, the Skylark quickly transmits information back to the soldiers on the ground. Equipped with a Micro Designator Marker (MDM) laser, the system can precisely designate targets allowing ground forces to respond with laser guided munitions fired from Elbit’s mobile 120 mm mortar system. Ground commanders can then choreograph and degrade threats while reducing their own casualties. The Skylark system creates intelligence, delivers targets of opportunity and assists in closing the loop with shooters.
“Using these systems, we quickly turn collected information into actionable and effective response, facilitating terrain dominance and neutralizing the enemy, ” commented Raanan Horowitz. “We are upholding our mission of protecting and saving the lives of our US soldiers fighting for freedom and innocent civilians caught in the conflict.”