The two LRPA aircraft will be based on the new ATR 72-600, and Elbit Systems will integrate a mission suite in each aircraft. The mission suite includes a Mission Management System, Electro-Optics, Radar, SIGINT, Communication, and more.
Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace, stated that the company has been supplying Special Mission Aircraft to various countries worldwide for over a decade to meet defense or governmental operational requirements. He further added, “This contract extends the range of platforms and solutions we offer our customers, leveraging vast operational experience and in-house technologies and capabilities. We are proud to provide advanced solutions to our customers.”
This contract intensifies the competition between Elbit and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which offers a wide range of special mission aircraft used by the Israeli Air Force and many air forces around the world.