Elbit Systems Awarded Approximately $50 Million Contract for a New Air Defense System by an International Customer

Haifa, Israel, 30 April, 2024 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT)(“Elbit Systems” or the “Company”) announced today it was awarded a contract in an amount of approximately $50 million for its new air defense system, “Red Sky”™, by an international customer. The contract will be executed over a period of 2 years.

The Red Sky is a Tactical Very Short-range Air Defense (VSHORAD) System designed to provide protection against low-altitude aerial threats. As part of the contract, Elbit Systems will supply two Red Sky batteries, offering a comprehensive solution that integrates both soft-kill and hard-kill defense capabilities. This solution includes Elbit Systems’ Redrone, an electronic warfare (EW) solution designed for detecting, identifying, locating and neutralizing unmanned aerial systems. The Redrone system comprises DAiR Radar, Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) sensors, RF Jammer, and COAPS-L electro-optical (EO) payload. Additionally, the Red Sky solution will incorporate anti-aircraft missile launchers.  

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land: “The Red Sky system represents a state-of-the-art solution that addresses the urgent need to defend borders and secure strategic assets against a wide array of aerial threats at an affordable cost. This new defense solution was created based on close collaboration between Elbit Systems’ divisions, utilizing existing Elbit Systems building blocks and integrating them into a comprehensive new solution with new anti-aircraft missiles and advanced soft-kill defense mechanisms.”

Elbit Systems “Red Sky”™ Air Defense System

The “Red Sky”™ system is a modular, multilayered, effective air defense counter-UAS solution. It comprises a suite of sophisticated components designed to provide comprehensive defense coverage. Among these components is the “Red Sky” Missile Launcher Unit (MLU), which operates remotely from within the vehicle, equipped with Local Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) capabilities for autonomous operation, and boasting precision VSHORAD missile launching  for   firing range of up to 7 kilometers.

Complementing the MLU is the ‘Red Sky’ Battery Target Detection Radar (BTDR), which features a Central Surveillance Radar, a C2 System, and advanced communication capabilities for seamless coordination with fire units. Additionally, the ‘Red Sky’ is equipped with an EW Counter-UAS solution, Elbit Systems’ “Redrone”. This solution includes the classification and identification of threats and also possesses Soft Kill capabilities against unmanned aerial threats. The Redrone comprises advanced X-band DAiR Radar, SIGINT sensor along with high-end RF Jammer and electronic attack capabilities, and COAPS-L electro-optical (EO) payload, providing an enhanced integrated aerial picture.

Each component can operate independently or integrated, allowing for flexible deployment tailored to specific operational requirements. Whether deployed as independent fire units or integrated into a regional defense framework, Elbit’s “Red Sky” system offers comprehensive protection with integrated Command and Control.

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