Aerospace firm L3Harris and Israeli defense manufacturer Elta Systems will deliver advanced threat detection and response systems to the Australian military.
The newly-inked teaming contract would transform Australian fighting vehicles, enabling each to immediately detect incoming live fire and launch self-defense responses, including electronic warfare measures and kinetic effects.
L3Harris will develop system sensors that can be easily deployed and integrated into any combat vehicle.
“They will not only rapidly detect live fires, but will be intuitive for operators in any battlespace to employ,” L3Harris’ Managing Director Sarah Earey said.
Elta Systems will provide advanced tactical sensors to further bolster the “mission-critical sovereign industrial capability in Australia.”
The Elta-made sensors include the StormGuard Tactical Multi-mission Radar System, Othello Optical Threat Locator, and Othello-P Opto-Acoustic Hostile Fire Location System.
“Together IAI-Elta and L3Harris have a superior combined knowledge and capability in this field. Further trials are ongoing with very positive reports, so we are confident that the full system will meet the local requirements,” Elta’s Vice President Zvi Yarom said.
Currently, the Australian Army has six fighting vehicles: the Australian light armored vehicle, Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle, G-Wagon vehicle, M1 Abrams tank, and M113AS4 armored personnel carrier.
We’ve teamed up with @ELTA_SystemsLtd to deliver a sophisticated fire detection and response capability in Australia. This will enable combat vehicles to detect live fires and initiate self-defense responses across the #battlespace. Learn more: https://t.co/CdVMH8TAn1 pic.twitter.com/3sOV8JPQUf
— L3Harris (@L3HarrisTech) December 21, 2022