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16 February 2016

Singapore Airshow 2016: Elbit Systems Showcases a Range of Technologies and Cutting Edge Capabilities

Elbit Systems is presenting a wide array of cutting edge solutions at the Singapore Airshow 2016. Elbit Systems’ extensive line-up and presence at the show underscores the strategic importance of the Asian-Pacific region to the company. Visitors to Elbit Systems’ booth (N65) are able to view a range of systems and technologies targeted to deal with the global threats and needs for intelligence, with a special focus on those relevant to the Asia-Pacific region.

HERMES 900 is making a real-size appearance at Singapore Airshow 2016, equipped with multiple advanced payloads. (Photo: Elbit Systems) 
Elbit Systems is a leading provider of high performance turnkey unmanned systems and solutions, including advanced air and surface vehicles, ground control stations and intelligence management centers. The company's unmanned aircraft systems have earned international recognition in the global war on terrorism and are the backbone of the Israel Defense Forces' and other world leading armed forces' UAS fleets.

The SEAGULL is a new generation Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV),  multi- mission and highly autonomous. The SKYLARK 3 is an autonomous mini-Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), best suited for battalions and divisions in “over the hill” reconnaissance, counterinsurgency and force protection missions, as well as for use in a range of homeland security and civil applications, such as border and coastal security and anti-terror operations. SKYLARK 3 provides high resolution, high quality real-time ground imagery from within enemy territories or hostile areas without being detected. The sophisticated aerial vehicle incorporates an electric engine which reduces sound signature and enables operating over long distances and at high altitudes. It is easy to operate and does not require any special piloting knowledge.

SKYLARK I-LEX  is a new generation of the legacy SKYLARK I-LE mini-UAS.  This man-portable electric propelled UAS is best suited for organic “beyond the next hill” reconnaissance, counter insurgency and force protection missions, as well as civil and homeland security applications including perimeter security, border and coastal surveillance, anti-terror and a variety of law enforcement missions. The SKYLARK I-LEX is already operational as the standard battalion level UAS of the Israeli Land Forces and has accumulated thousands of operational sorties.

The HERMES 900 Multi-Mission, Multi-Payload Long-Range Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAS was selected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and offers long endurance, a flight altitude of more than 30,000ft., internal/external payload capacity, and great flight capabilities in adverse weather conditions. The latest generation HERMES 900 provides an expeditionary, long-endurance and cost-effective solution for a variety of air force, navy, army and paramilitary applications.

At the show one can see:

  • SkyFix Family are compact, fully featured, lightweight, high-precision and modular airborne COMINT/DF systems, designed to meet the full range of UAS tactical and strategic mission requirements. 
  • Advanced Multi-Sensor Payload System (AMPS) - optimised for a full-range of airborne intelligence tasks, AMPS completes the cycle that starts with initial gathering of vital intelligence and ends with Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA). 
  • BrightNite is a solution that enables utility helicopters to successfully perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions in more than 90% of the nights and provides them with piloting capabilities of attack helicopters and facilitates a new level of operational flight.
  • CockpitNG is based on a smart central large area display (LAD) which includes all avionic components in one suite, fully integrated with the helmet mounted and head-up displays. All of the systems' components were developed in a "Multi-touch-Screen" technology, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft in a smooth and customisable manner. This new modular solution can be tailored to multiple platforms offering full multi-mission support for attack, emergency services, training and air support missions.
  • Large Area Display (LAD) is a unique large area display (available in custom made sizes), dual redundant, touch-screen enabled and featuring a wide dimming range for night vision goggle compatibility at low luminance levels. All products in this line are smart integrated modular avionics (IMA) displays that can host software applications from either Elbit Systems, customer legacy software or third-party software.
  • Digital-JHMCS (Digital Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) is a daily companion for thousands of F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 fighter pilots worldwide. An advanced Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system, based on new technology developed for commercial aviation, Digital-JHMCS is a plug-and-play system to aircraft installed with the operationally-proven JHMCS, which was launched in 2000 and is in service with over 20 air forces around the world. No aircraft installation or modification is required, only a simple upgrade of the HMD. This allows the pilot to benefit from advanced video and color capabilities in both day and night missions, using a modern, lightweight, well-balanced digital HMD system.
  • mini-MUSIC is an advanced, flight-tested DIRCM system in a single compact and lightweight package easily installed on small and medium rotary and fixed-wing platforms. The system protects small to medium sized rotary and fixed-wing aircraft against MANPADS.
  • PAWS is a family of IR-based (Infrared) Passive Warning Systems that provides a comprehensive, turn-key solution for airborne platforms. The sophisticated IR Missile Warning Systems (MWS) enhance airborne platform survivability by providing advance warning of the presence of threatening missiles and by automatic management of all types of applicable countermeasures available onboard. The systems provide threat information to other EW and/or avionic systems for centralized /Human Machine Interface (HMI) management.
  • Air Keeper EW & SIGINT Solution for Aircraft is a highly advanced solution that provides two significantly critical capabilities in one system: intelligence gathering and Electronic Warfare (EW) defensive capacities onboard the same platform. The solution enables the aircraft to perform missions for the full range of aircraft types, such as cargo, tanker, transport and others.
  • All-in-Small™ is a complete Airborne Self-Protection Suite comprising an airborne unified self-protection system, offering a complete, lightweight and compact EW suite in a single LRU for any airborne platform.  

J-MUSIC is a high-performance Direct Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) system for protection of aircraft against heat seeking ground to air shoulder-fired-missiles (MANPADS). J-MUSIC is designed for distributed installation on a wide variety of medium to large platforms, with single or multi-turret configuration. It can also be integrated with various missile warning systems (MWS). (Graphic: Elbit Systems)

In terms of Aircraft Training and Simulation Systems and Solutions, Elbit Systems is showcasing at booth N65:

  • SkyBreaker is a networked multi-cockpit, mission oriented training center supporting a wide range of aircraft types. The system provides realistic simulated battlefield training using all aircraft systems and mission scenarios to enhance all levels of pilot training. The SkyBreaker facility houses a complex networked system designed to provide an entire squadron with the tools to practice modern air combat using SkyScen, a sophisticated computer generated forces (CGF) solution, in a fully integrated military setting.
  • Embedded Virtual Avionics (EVA) for trainer aircraft, can be installed on basic or advanced trainer aircraft, transforming the aircraft into a virtual advanced fighter while maintaining the hourly training costs of a trainer. The EVA virtual avionics suite is designed to shorten the training gap which exists today between trainer and modern fighter aircraft. EVA is manufactured in a minimal integration configuration, thus reducing aircraft integration costs virtually to zero.

Embedded Virtual Avionics (EVA) for trainer aircraft, can be installed on basic or advanced trainer aircraft, transforming the aircraft into a virtual advanced fighter while maintaining the hourly training costs of a trainer. (Graphic: Elbit Systems)

Elbit’s software solutions for the infantry, together with the decades of communications experience of Tadiran Communications, offers extensive, battle-proven expertise for the most intense combat scenarios. At Singapore Airshow the following can be seen:

  • DOMINATOR-Light Dismounted (LD) is a soldier centric solution, based on the vast experience accumulated by the DOMINATOR IICS solution, geared specifically for the tactical dismounted infantry soldier and Special Forces. 
  • ETC (Enhanced Tactical Computers) is an ultra-rugged, battle-proven, high-performance tactical computing unit for combat vehicles. 
  • GRX-8000 is the latest generation NATO Band IV, dual mode  high capacity (HC) mode and frequency radio relay system. The Tadiran GRX-8000 is jamming resistant ECCM, enabling interference-free communications across the battelfield. These radio relay systems are battle proven and in use with the IDF and other armed forces around the globe. 
  • MCTR-7200 is a family of tactical multi-band and multi-waveform tactical IP software-defined radios offering operational versatility for maneuvering platforms and dismounted soldiers. The Tadiran MCTR-7200 family features a uniquely designed software communications architecture, an intuitive user interface and multiple configuration options. This multi-use, single platform contains powerful programmable hardware that offers advanced Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) capabilities along with reliable triple play services - voice, video and data - simultaneously over a single narrowband tactical 25KHz channel, as well as high speed data over wideband channels.
  • PNR-1000 is an advanced Personal Network Radio (PNR) for Infantry and Special Forces that provides on-the-move situational awareness. Ideal for deployed combat units, the lightweight radio integrates high-quality intra-team voice communications with a C4I application computing unit.