ELTA to provide Israel's next generation airborne SIGINT
15 April 2002
The Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) has awarded a contract to Elta Electronics Industries Ltd, (Elta), a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI), to provide the new generation of airborne signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems to be installed on Gulfstream V (GV) business jet aircraft for the Israel Air Force.
The total value of the programme is estimated to be $250 million of which $60 million of the workload will be conducted in Israel. Elta will provide the SIGINT systems on board three Gulfstream V aircraft, which were purchased separately by the IMOD under a United States Foreign Military Fund (FMF) contract with Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. The advanced SIGINT airborne systems consist of Elta's electronic intelligence (ELINT), communication intelligence (COMINT), communications, and command & control subsystems.
Elta was selected by IMOD as the prime contractor for the programme, which includes responsibility for development, manufacturing and integration of the systems into the aircraft as well as ground support equipment. IAI's Commercial Aircraft Group's Engineering Division will support Elta as a subcontractor for aeronautical design. IAI's Bedek Group was selected as a subcontractor to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation for in-country maintenance of the modified platforms.
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