IAI, Germany's ESG to jointly provide German Army with all-domain networking system

The NEOS system, based on IAI's combat-proven OPAL, is expected to enable cross-domain, cross-platform connectivity to face the challenges on the modern battlefield

IAI, Germany's ESG to jointly provide German Army with all-domain networking system

IAI Executive Vice President Yosef Melamed (R) and ESG CEO Christoph Otten. Photo: ESG 

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and German company Elektroniksystem-und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) said Tuesday that they have signed a cooperation agreement to provide the German Armed Forces with a proven, agile and robust cross-platform network centric warfare solution to meet the challenges of the future. 

With the Network Enabled Operations Support (NEOS) system, IAI and ESG will enable joint all-domain operations including airborne, naval and ground platforms. NEOS is based on IAI´s combat proven OPAL solution that has a long history of operational use in the Israel Defense Forces catering to real-time interoperability across a diverse range of combat platforms, the companies said.  

Together, IAI and ESG will provide cross-domain, cross-platform connectivity, combining the deep technological understanding and extensive experience of both companies. The NEOS solution will enable the German Armed Forces to achieve independence by integrating a variety of German systems and sensors, while introducing unique German-based operational capabilities, according to the companies.

Christoph Otten, ESG´s CEO, underlined the strategic significance of the cooperation on NEOS. "For us, as the national technology and innovation partner of the Bundeswehr, it is part of our philosophy to develop and to provide solutions and products that meet the needs and expectations of those who protect us every day in any domain. We must enable them to fulfil their challenging task with robust, reliable and high-performing technology. Thus, we are very happy to cooperate with IAI on NEOS, bringing in especially our proven capabilities in the field of systems integration, software development and in-service support." 

Yosef (Yossi) Melamed, IAI´s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Aviation Group, added, "IAI's OPAL system is an open architecture platform and a significant force multiplier for the challenges on the modern battlefield. OPAL has been in operation for many years, participating in every operational activity, and boasts a major contribution to success in that it enables completely adaptable communication and operational capabilities across aerial, naval and ground forces. The current cooperation with ESG will take this unique solution to a higher level of performance and flexibility that will benefit the customer and both companies."

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