Haifa, Israel, December 05, 2017 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) and Babcock International Group announced today that the two companies are entering a partnering agreement to pursue the UK MOD’s next generation of “aggressor air” capability under the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme. The two companies will establish a Specific Programme Company (SPC) in order to propose a successful and effective delivery to the customer.
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: “ASDOT is a long-term service delivery project, requiring broad and well established aviation capabilities, delivery to multiple UK MOD users and the ability to manage the customer’s most sensitive information. Babcock is the leader in through-life engineering and training, trusted to deliver by its customers and together we will provide a step change from what is available in the operational training market today. This will enable the UK’s Armed Forces to train against representative live airborne threats with innovation and flexibility, responding to the changing environment and changing defence requirements.”
Roger Hardy, Chief Executive of Babcock’s Aviation Sector , said: “With an ever dynamic threat environment and the introduction of new MOD capabilities, there is a clear need for a step-change in operational training capability. Our customers need industry partners who can adapt to a changing world by integrating technological advances which maximise synthetic training on live aircraft. Elbit Systems, with its leadership position in providing technologies that deliver representative training effects at reduced cost, is the perfect partner for us.”
The two companies already work together in the operational training and assurance domain, successfully delivering advanced flight training capabilities on time and on budget as part of UKMFTS programme.
Elbit Systems builds on many years of extensive experience in managing aircraft fleets and training centers in many markets, developing and offering the highly advanced capabilities in aviation training and providing a range of training and simulation systems that enhance force readiness while reducing cost. Through its ground-breaking mission training centers, Elbit Systems orchestrates adversary air training while its equipment is at the heart of operational training for several Air Forces.
Babcock has been a trusted partner to military aviation for more than 100 years. From support to the Royal Air Force from World War I, through to the training, aircraft maintenance and airbase support provided to military aviators across Europe today, they have the longest track record and broadest expertise of any aviation support provider.
About Elbit Systems:
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.
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About Babcock International:
For more than a century, Babcock has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure, and specialist training.
For more information, visit www.babcockinternational.com
Elbit Systems contacts:
David Vaaknin , VP, Head of Corporate Communications
Dana Tal-Noyman , Manager, Corporate Communications & Digital
Babcock International contacts:
Head of Marketing and Communications
+44 7860 593 136
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