The Israeli Ministry of Defense has signed a NIS 460 million (approx. $125 million) deal with Elbit Systems for the purchase of fully automatic self-propelled howitzer gun systems to the IDF. The contract, which also includes the supply of training simulators, will be performed over a 12-year period.
IMOD and Elbit Systems intend that further part of the automatic howitzer gun systems program, under an additional contract to the Company in an amount that is expected to be material, will be performed by various US companies including Elbit Systems of America, LLC, subject to completion of the receipt of applicable governmental approvals for the US content.
The new howitzer gun system is capable of automatic loading and laying. According to the applicable mission, the new gun system automatically selects the required projectile, propellant and fuze, loads them, and lays the gun to optimally engage targets. According to Elbit, the new howitzer gun system will enhance the effectiveness of the artillery formation of the IDF while reducing the number of soldiers in each platform and significantly reduce life-cycle costs.
“We are proud to take part in building the future artillery formation of the IDF,” said Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems. “This contract award is a vote of confidence in Israeli defense technology and an acknowledgment of the international leadership of Elbit Systems in the area of artillery systems. We believe that effective integration of precision, rapidity, and autonomy together with built-in connectivity to the communication and command & control systems will become the required standard. We are witnessing a growing need for advanced and reliable artillery systems that enable powerful and efficient operation in all combat configurations.”