African country orders Elbit defense electronic systems

Sept. 26 (UPI) — Israel’s Elbit Systems is providing a wide array of electronic defense systems to an unidentified country in Africa under a $240 million contract.

The contract has a two-year period of performance, Elbit Systems said.

“We are proud to have won this contract, allowing us to provide our customer with a variety of systems and capabilities from different fields, a growing trend we have witnessed lately in many countries,” Bezhalel Machlis, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems, said in a press release.

Among the defense electronic systems to be delivered are Directed Infra-red Counter Measure systems, which protect aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles, including missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, and unmanned aerial systems.

An upgrade for helicopters is also part of the deal.

“Our unique structure enables the customer to benefit from the synergy of its overall capabilities while, at the same time, focus on its requirements,” Machlis said. “Our portfolio, based on cutting-edge technologies and operational know-how, allows us to customize our solutions and tailor them to our customer’s needs, and we hope others will follow this trend.”