Kollsman makes thermal binoculars for Marine Corps

MERRIMACK, N.H., 12 Dec. 2005. Kollsman, Inc. was awarded initial orders in the amount of $33.6 million to provide high-performance Thermal Binocular System Long Range Thermal Imagers (LRTI) for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dec 12th, 2005

MERRIMACK, N.H., 12 Dec. 2005. Kollsman, Inc. was awarded initial orders in the amount of $33.6 million to provide high-performance Thermal Binocular System Long Range Thermal Imagers (LRTI) for the U.S. Marine Corps.

The LRTI is a portable binocular, hand-held, battery-operated thermal imager for long-range observation and reconnaissance. Initial deliveries will be made in 2006 and 2007.

The majority of the work under the contract will be performed by Kollsman in Merrimack, N.H. Kollsman is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of America, which will provide support on this contract through Elbit Systems Electro-Optics (Elop) Ltd.

The initial orders were placed under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract awarded by the Marine Corps Systems Command, Infantry Weapons Branch in Quantico, Va. Under the contract, the U.S. government may purchase up to 5,000 LRTI's as well as spare parts, contractor maintenance and training items over a five-year period � a potential value of $250 million.

"The LRTI will provide ground troops with an effective means of operation that is a crucial part of field operations. We are very proud that Kollsman has been selected for this important program in support of the Marine Corps," said Elbit Systems of America's president and CEO, Tim Taylor.

Kollsman, Inc., an Elbit Systems of America company headquartered in Merrimack, N.H., is a multi-disciplined research, development, manufacturing and support organization which provides advanced electro-optical and avionics systems to U.S. and foreign commercial and military markets.

Elbit Systems of America (ESA) is a leading provider of electronics and electronics-based solutions to government and commercial aviation customers in the defense, homeland security, and aerospace markets. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Elbit Systems of America employs approximately 1,200 professionals throughout the United States. ESA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. For more information, see www.elbitsystemsofamerica.com or www.elbit.co.il.

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