AUVSI Israel 2012 opened in Tel Aviv today, gathering over 500 participants, 43 exhibitors and an impressive roster of speakers and presenters from across all industry and military branches. Among the highlights of today’s presentations were the head of Directorate of defense Research and Development (DDR&D), RADM Ophir Shoham presenting the roadmap for Israel’s UVS developments, and guest speakers Charles E. Thorpe, from the White House Office of Science and Technology policy, and Maj,. Mark Whittle, from the british Army, that provided the perspectives from the U.S. and U.K.
Members of the IDF land, air and naval forces highlighting the three services priorities and directions. In the exhibit halls, a number of new systems were displayed for the first time, some are depicted in the following photo report. A more detailed review on some of the systems will follow soon.
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.