TEL AVIV — Israel's Defense Ministry has awarded Elbit Systems rights to develop the next generation of the Israeli Army's digital C4I network under a series of multiyear contracts estimated at $117 million.
"It will allow us to transition from the transfer of information to the transfer of knowledge ... all based on the secure, robust digital net that has proven itself so well in recent years," he said.
"This order strengthens our communications roadmap and preserves our technological lead in this critical field," the Elbit executive said.
"No less important, it is a clear manifestation of the level of satisfaction in the IDF and MoD."
He added, "We're excited about delivering a next generation of systems that will serve all echelons, from the single soldier up through the command chain and vice versa."
He declined to speak specifically of Elbit's role, yet noted that the firm has been pivotal — through Tzayad and other programs — in ushering the IDF into the era of networked operations.
"I was there at the start of Tzayad for the ground forces back in 2001. It's a fabulous feeling of pride to be able to accompany the process from an initial idea through operational deployment," said Mashiah, an engineer who spent 27 years in the IDF Signals Corps and later, the C4I Division.
Since Jan. 4, the firm announced receipt of $451 million in new MoD business spanning the spectrum from firefighting aircraft, avionics support for fighter aircraft and advanced electro-optical systems.
Opall-Rome is Israel bureau chief for Defense News. She has been covering U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation, Mideast security and missile defense since May 1988. She lives north of Tel Aviv. Visit her website at www.opall-rome.com.