By the end of 2011 the Polish Army is expected to equip part of its Rosomak 8×8 armored reconnaissance vehicles with ground surveillance system from Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT). Under the order worth about $16 million, awarded by the Polish Ministry of National Defense, the Israeli company will complete delivering the mobile multi-sensor monitoring and surveillance systems in 2011. Elbit Systems’ Land division will team with the Polish Military Communication Institute, in cooperation with local industries.
The sensor suite to be integrated on the Rosomak comprises daylight (TV) and thermal vision systems, battlefield surveillance radar, unattended ground sensors, encrypted communications systems and mini-unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The new recce vehicle employ the turretless APC configuration and add to three variants already serving with the Polish Army – the infantry fighting vehicle, infantry personnel carrier and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) variant. Two Polish infantry brigades have already been equipped with these vehicles.
The U.S. production facility will provide Israel the ability to finance the acquisition of Iron Dome batteries, and Tamir missile interceptor reloads with U.S. military support. Apart from protecting troops and bases, Iron Dome will be able to protect long-range defense systems such as the THAAD, which could be vulnerable to unconventional threats such as short-range missiles, cruise missiles and drones.