Elbit to deliver software-defined radios for Israel Defense Forces


The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMoD) has contracted Elbit Systems to deliver and maintain advanced radio systems.

Valued at around $100m, the contract requires the company to provide the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with hand-held, vehicle-mounted and airborne third generation software defined radios (SDRs) over a five-year period.

The delivery of hundreds of radio systems is expected to provide advanced network services at a high-security level, Elbit stated.

Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said: “We have many years of experience in managing outsourcing projects in Israel and abroad, in radio communications as well as other military fields, and I am confident this experience will enable us to provide the IMoD with a top-quality, highly operational solution for a cost-effective price."

“The delivery of hundreds of radio systems is expected to provide advanced network services at a high-security level."

The company is planning to expand its manufacturing and maintenance site in Arad, Israel, to carry out the production and maintenance of advanced radio systems for the IDF.

Elbit said that the expansion is expected to create 100 new jobs at the site.

The company would receive an additional order to provide repair and maintenance services for the radios for 15 years.

The maintenance activity will be performed under an outsourcing model, as part of the Israeli Defense Ministry's strategy to establish a full array of radio systems at high operational availability while significantly reducing maintenance expenses, Elbit stated.