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Israel Aerospace Industries gets border protection sale
by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017


Israel Aerospace Industries received a contract to supply various border protection systems to an undisclosed nation in South America.

In a statement announcing the deal, the company did not reveal the contract's monetary value, but said it is worth "tens of millions of dollars."

Under the contract, IAI will provide land-based systems and sensors in addition to unmanned aerial vehicles fitted for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The customer will also receive ground vehicles and cyber systems designed to provide operators with real-time data fusion capabilities.

The customer will receive multiple BirdEye650D Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems, which can fly at a range of 93 miles and feature a 15-hour flight endurance. The order also includes miniature BirdEye 400 units, HoverMast100 systems and ELI-3302 Granite ISRV vehicles.

IAI officials say the contract underscores the versatility of the company's assets.

"IAI's land systems activities are gaining momentum; we now offer a range of solutions both at the strategic and tactical levels, for dealing with a wide variety of threats," IAI Land Systems vice president Gadi Shamni said in a press release. "The professional challenge in defending the four border crossings in question is considerable -- this is a varying terrain without geographical contiguity and the different systems needed some adaptation so as to provide a comprehensive and holistic solution."

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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman complete MAPS test
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and U.S. Army researchers have completed a round of testing with the branch's Modular Active Protection System. U.S. defense manufacturers agreed to test the system after receiving contracts in 2015. For the demonstrations, Lockheed Martin provided its Open Architecture Processor, while Northrop Grumman provided additional sensors. The Open Archi ... read more

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