Elbit Systems Wins Multiple Contracts to Modernize Romanian Aerial Capabilities

Israel-based firm Elbit Systems has received multiple contracts to modernize the Romanian Armed Forces’ aerial capabilities.

The agreements build on a partnership between the firm and the Romanian Ministry of Defense to enhance several aircraft and rotorcraft of the country’s multi-domain forces.

“These contracts extend Elbit Systems’ track record delivering successful projects to the Romanian Armed Forces, including follow-on contracts awarded after Elbit Systems first was contracted to upgrade helicopters and aircraft,” Elbit Systems International Marketing and Business Development Vice President Ran Kril stated.

Imaging System and Electronic Warfare Suite

One of the contracts covers the delivery of Elbit’s Spectro XR payload for the Romanian Navy’s IAR 330 medium transport helicopter.

Spectro XR is a specialized camera combining different optical channels to give choppers a wide imaging range during operations. Work for the contract will take place in 2024.

A Romanian IAR 330 Puma helicopter conducts notional Close Air Support (CAS) with U.S. Marines of Black Sea Rotational Force (BSRF) 18.1 aboard Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania, May 15th, 2018. BSRF Marines maintain relationships with our allies and partner nations through a variety of training events, to include CAS coordination. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by LCpl. Angel D. Travis)
Romanian IAR 330 Puma helicopter. Photo: LCpl. Angel D. Travis/US Marine Corps

A separate contract will equip six Romanian Puma helicopters with an electronic warfare suite, including a laser warning system, radar warning receiver, countermeasure dispensing system, and infrared missile warning system.

The suite’s delivery is a follow-on order to capabilities installed on other Romanian Armed Forces vehicles and features an option for six additional electronic warfare packages. Services under the contract will be provided for three years.

Smart Displays and Avionics

A third contract will provide Spectro XR alongside Elbit’s Helmet Display and Tracking System and an aircraft mission package including digital maps, smart displays, and reconnaissance systems.

The contract will supply the firm’s Brightnite imaging systems to aerospace manufacturer IAR Brasove, which supports Romanian Air Force SA 330 Puma helicopters. The agreement is expected to be complete within two years.

A Romanian IAR-99 Hawk conducts aerial maneuvers and tactical operations while participating in a multinational combined arms demonstration alongside troopers assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and British soldiers belonging to the Coldstream Guard, during an Exercise Wind Spring distinguished visitors' event at Smardan Training Area, Romania, April 18, 2015. The purpose of the event was to demonstrate interoperability between NATO allies, while also allowing members of the Romanian government, along with British military leadership, to watch as the units worked and trained together in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve-South. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William A. Tanner/released)
Romanian IAR99 Soim (Hawk). Photo: Sgt. William A. Tanner/US Army

A fourth contract includes delivering advanced avionic suites, navigation and weapons activation systems, overhead and advanced monitor displays, and live training-embedded virtual systems to aircraft service provider Avioane Craiova to support the air force’s IAR99 Soim advanced trainer and light attack aircraft.

The trainer vehicle is used to prepare Romanian pilots to operate different fighter planes, including the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Work for the contract is expected to run for four years.

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