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.
Analysis: Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems and the Harris Corporation have agreed to move forward with the acquisition of Harris’ Night Vision business for $350 million. The acquisition of Harris' night vision business opens a huge market for Elbit Systems, both domestic and international. Over 50 years Harris and its predecessors Exelis and ITT have established their night vision systems as the market leader. But with the planned merger between Harris and L3 Technologies, Inc., the night vision systems business becomes redundant under the combined portfolio.