13 Jan IAI completes deliveries of radar systems for US Army tanks
January 11, 2021 – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has completed the delivery of its WindGuard radar systems for the US Army’s Abram tanks. The company had delivered ‘several hundred WindGuard (ELM-2133) radar systems’ to DRS Land Systems for integration with the battle tanks.
Developed by IAI-subsidiary ELTA Systems, the ELM-2133 WindGuard is a combat-proven phased array radar system capable of detecting all flying anti-tank munitions. Once it detects a threat, the ELM-2133 WindGuard tracks it and guides the countermeasure system to intercept and neutralise it before it hits the platform. These radar systems are installed on Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Merkava battle tanks and Namer armoured personnel carriers.
IAI vice-president and ELTA CEO Yoav Turgeman said: “The strategic partnership between Israel and the US is reflected in IAI’s commitment to providing our American customers with the most advanced systems to protect their troops in the field. “We are pleased that DRS Land Systems and the US Army were satisfied with our ability to meet their shipment schedule. ELTA attaches the utmost importance to complete the project successfully and will continue to collaborate closely with our American customers in the future.”
Leonardo DRS Land Systems line of business executive vice-president and general manager Aaron Hankins said: “Achieving 100% on-time delivery performance in the immensely challenging environment of the past year is nothing short of amazing. “Elta’s commitment to the programme and to our mutual customers has been exemplary, and we look forward to more success in the future.”