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24 Dec 03. Elbit Systems (Nasdaq: ESLT – News), today announced that it has been awarded a contract from the Royal Netherlands Army to supply its ground forces with Enhanced Tactical Computers (ETC) integrated with Tactical Communication Devices and Data Communication Software.

Elbit Systems’ ETCs and Tactical Communication Devices will be used as the hardware infrastructure for the RNLA Pilot BMS project and will be deployed in an operational unit as of early 2004. The RNLA C2 Support Center will integrate their application software with this infrastructure.The ETC is the main building block for Elbit Systems’ Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Systems. The ruggedized, high performance PC based computer is widely used by armies worldwide, among which are the Israeli Defense Forces and armies in Europe and Asia.

It is the latest generation of a long line of Tactical Terminals, fully complying with the operational requirements and harsh conditions of the modern battlefield. Equipped with all types of communication interfaces and powerful display features, the ETC enables the user in the field a new level of situation awareness in combat.

The Tactical Communication Device is embedded in the ETC and is used together with the Data Communication Software to enable communication over a vast selection of modern military media, among which are analog and digital radios, field wire-line, Wireless LAN and Data Radios. In the RNLA, it will be integrated with their FM9000 Combat Net Radio.

Joseph Ackerman, President and CEO of Elbit Systems commented, “Elbit Systems has a long and fruitful history of providing the RNLA with advanced Command and Control Systems for its Artillery Forces. The RNLA has a leading role within NATO in the C4I field and we are very proud to be selected by them once more to supply their BMS equipment.

“Moreover, the fact that our Enhanced Tactical Computers and Communication Devices were chosen demonstrates the market recognition we have earned in the C4I line of business over the years as a main supplier of these systems to more than 15 countries around the world and as the main contractor of the IDF Ground Forces Digitalization. We will continue to expand our activities in this market which is an essential part of Elbit Systems’ business strategy,” Mr. Ackerman concluded.

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