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L3Harris teams with Israel’s IAI Elta on threat detection kit for Australian armored vehicles

Othello fire detection system for armored vehicles
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L3Harris Technologies has entered into a teaming agreement with Israeli electronics specialist IAI-ELTA Systems Ltd. to deliver a fire detection and response capability for Australian armored fighting vehicles.

The new system will enable a combat vehicle – when it encounters live fires – to detect incoming rounds and initiate self-defense responses, which include a combination of electronic warfare measures and kinetic effects.

“Manufactured by L3Harris Micreo in Brisbane, the system sensors are easily deployed and integrated onto any vehicle. They will not only rapidly detect live fires, but will be intuitive for operators in any battlespace to employ,” said Sarah Earey, managing director of Intelligence and Cyber International – APAC at L3Harris.

The vehicle protection systems are considered a mission-critical sovereign industrial capability in Australia, and a goal of the partnership is to ensure all current and future combat vehicles could be outfitted with the system that will enable each vehicle to defend itself against incoming attacks.

The tactical sensors for the system were developed by ELTA, including the StormGuard tactical multi-mission radar system, Othello optical threat locator and Othello-P opto-acoustic hostile fire location system.

“IAI looks forward to working with L3Harris Technologies to provide these unique sensors for armored vehicles in Australia,” said Zvi Yarom, IAI-ELTA’s vice president and general manager, land systems. “Together IAI and L3Harris have a superior combined knowledge and capability in this field. Further trials are ongoing with very positive reports, so we are confident that the full system will meet the local requirements.”

“Our strong partnership with ELTA has ensured they see us as a safe pair of hands, which is why we were approached to provide Australian industry capability and act as prime for local projects,” Earey said. “We look forward to working with ELTA to ultimately deliver a truly sovereign capability for Australian service members.”