Elbit Systems has been awarded an initial contract for the delivery of advanced dismounted soldier systems to the Finnish Army, as part of the first phase of its comprehensive Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) programme.
The value of the contract has not been disclosed. Under the deal, the company will deliver enhanced observation soldier equipment, such as MARS thermal imaging and target acquisition system, comprehensive situation awareness software, personal network radio (PNR) 1000, as well as computer systems to the Finnish Army.
The solution is designed to improve the army's operational capabilities, relating to reconnaissance and terrain dominance, while also supporting dismounted soldiers.
The suite will also support the Finnish Army in devising new combat doctrines, in addition to serving as a basis for development of the military's future forward observation programme.
Elbit Systems' Land and C4I Division general manager Bezhalel Machlis said: "We are proud that Finland, a NATO Partner of Peace, has selected our systems following a rigorous competition, including field testing in Lapland."
The MARS is a lightweight, handheld, dual field of view forward looking infrared (FLIR) thermal imager, designed to support the individual soldier, infantry forces and special units during combat operations.
Equipped with a laser range-finder, the system features a differential global positioning system (GPS), digital magnetic compass, day channel and recording system, ground surveillance radar, and operates using un-cooled sensor technology.