Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was recently awarded a contract worth tens of millions of dollars to supply border protection systems in an undisclosed South American country.

IAI will supply land and ground systems, unmanned aerial systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) vehicles, and a variety of different radar, EO/IR and other sensors. Phase one of the contract will be carried out by ELTA Systems Ltd., a group and subsidiary of IAI and includes border protection systems for four separate border crossings characterised by different terrain.

IAI’s border protection systems are presented at LAAD, 4-7 April 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

IAI will supply several BirdEye650D Small Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (STUAS), designed for a variety of missions including ISR gathering, with range of up to 150km and endurance of up to 15 hours. In addition, a number of BirdEye400 mini-UAV and HoverMast100 systems (together with Sky Sapience) will be provided. IAI will also supply a variety of sensors for all ranges, manufactured in various IAI Divisions– Persistent Ground & Coastal Surveillance Radars for border protection and a variety of other radars, electro-optics, ELI-3302 Granite ISRV vehicles, observation towers, and a cyber-system for identification and early detection of various threats along the border.

The information obtained from these various sensors is transferred in real-time to a C4I system at every border crossing. This C4I system includes data-fusion capabilities for complete control of the area. The data from all the border crossings is transmitted in parallel to the country's central command.

"IAI's land systems activities are gaining momentum; we now offer a range of solutions both at the strategic and tactical levels, for dealing with a wide variety of threats," Gadi Shamni, VP Land Systems at IAI, said. "The professional challenge in defending the four border crossings in question is considerable–this is a varying terrain without geographical contiguity and the different systems needed some adaptation so as to provide a comprehensive and holistic solution."

In the picture one can see Bird Eye 650D and ELI-3302 Granite ISRV. Photo: IAI

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