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USMC orders targeting system from Elbit Systems America
by Richard Tomkins
Fort Worth, Texas (UPI) Mar 23, 2015


Lockheed Martin orders Israeli-made radar
Netanya, Israel (UPI) Mar 24, 2015 - Radar from RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. of Israel has been chosen by Lockheed Martin Space Systems to support testing of a prototype laser weapon system.

The RADA system to be supplied to Lockheed Martin for the tests, which the company is self-financing, is its Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar, which will be used in combination with other sensors, RADA said.

The MHR is an S-band software-defined pulse-Doppler, Active Electronically Scanned Array radar with sophisticated beam-forming capabilities and advanced signal processing. It's compact and mobile.

"We are very happy with Lockheed Martin's selection of our unique MHR, which is particularly suited for use with systems that counter rockets and mortars," said Zvi Alon, RADA's chief executive officer.

Details on the number of units ordered by Lockheed Martin, their delivery dates and their cost were not disclosed by the Israeli company.

RADA Electronic Industries specializes in the development, production, and sale of tactical land radars, inertial navigation systems, and avionics systems.

The U.S. Marines are to receive a new lightweight all-weather targeting capability from Elbit Systems America LLC through a new IDIQ contract.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award for the Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability, or CLRF-IC, is worth $73.4 million and extends through March of 2020.

Elbit Systems America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd of Israel, says it has already received an initial order worth $7.5 million under the contract.

"We are pleased to provide the USMC with their new rugged CLRF-IC, a lightweight system that is mission-ready and safer for the foot-mobile Marine," said Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America. "Leveraging the innovative capabilities of our imaging, range finding, and degraded environment navigation solutions, Marines are now able to acquire targets without breaking cover from their concealed fighting positions and minimize impact while on the move."

The CLRF-IC provides 24-hour observation capability for mobile troops; accurate range to targets; the ability to confirm spot-on-target with laser designation systems; and accurate target location in a variety of conditions, "including magnetically disturbed environments, areas with overhead clutter, and in GPS-denied situations," the company said.


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