Israel's Elbit Systems announced today (Monday) that it successfully completed the testing of its combat suites integrated into new patrol vessels of the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG). The trials conducted in the Aegean Sea included testing of the integration level of the combat systems and subsystems as well as live fire testing of the onboard remote controlled weapon stations.
It should be mentioned that in March 2019, Israel Defense reported that Elbit was awarded a contract by Italy's Cantiere Navale Vittoria SpA to supply combat suites and integrate them into the new patrol vessels of the HCG. According to Elbit's announcement, the systems supplied and integrated include SPECTRO XR electro-optical payloads, radars, navigation systems, Warship Automatic Identification Systems (W-AIS) as well as remote control weapon stations fully integrated into command and control software. The combat suite is designed to support future "plug and play" integration of aerial and surface unmanned systems that will enable expansion of the operational envelope of the patrol vessels far beyond line of sight, Elbit said.