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U-Tacs To Provide ISTAR Capability For UK Armed Forces

Hermes 450 UAV system.
by Staff Writers
Haifa, Israel (SPX) Jun 11, 2007
The Elbit and Thales joint venture - UAV Tactical Systems Ltd. (U-TacS) - has been awarded a contract worth approximately $110 million by Thales UK to provide an urgent intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) support capability for the UK Armed Forces. The program, will commence immediately and will take place over the next few years.

The contract includes the provision of Hermes 450 UAV systems, as well as training of the UK MoD staff in use and maintenance of the system, and the provision of contractor logistic support (CLS) and program management services.

This work will be managed from the U -TacS facility in Leicester, UK, which currently employs approximately 100 personnel. U -TacS also provides the core UAV systems for the Thales UK Watchkeeper UAV system.

The President and CEO of Elbit Systems, Joseph Ackerman said: "Once again, we are proud to be a part of a winning team together with Thales UK in a project based on the High End tactical Hermes(r) 450 UAV, globally recognized as a brand name for UAV customers worldwide."

Thales To Support UK Forces With UAV Capability
London, UK (SPX) Jun 11 - Thales UK has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems to support UK forces on current operations. The UAV systems will provide an urgently needed intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability for UK forces.

The contract includes the provision of Hermes 450 UAV systems, as well as training of the UK MoD staff in the use and maintenance of the system, and the provision of contractor logistic support (CLS) and programme management services.

This work will be managed from the U-TacS facility in Leicester, which currently employs approximately 100 personnel. U-TacS also provides the core UAV systems for the Thales UK WATCHKEEPER UAV system.

Wing Commander Ian Gale from the ISTAR Equipment Capability Directorate of the UK MoD says: "This UAV system augments our current capability and will significantly increase the intelligence available for those members of our Armed Forces currently on deployment around the world. "

Alex Dorrian, CEO of Thales UK says: "Thales UK has shown once again that it is ready and able to support UK MoD with innovative solutions, equipment and services in short timescales to meet operational requirements. It is very important for industry to be able to react quickly in this way to provide support to emerging requirements. As an additional benefit the experience that UK forces will gain in operating this equipment will give an insight into the greater capability that WATCHKEEPER will offer when it comes into service at the end of the decade "

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