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EFW Selected by Bell Helicopter to Supply Helmet Display and Tracking System for US Army's New Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

The Program is Valued at $51 M

FORT WORTH, Texas, November 16 /PRNewswire/ -- EFW Inc. (EFW), an Elbit Systems of America company, has been chosen to supply the Helmet Display and Tracking System (HDTS) for the U.S. Army's new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter designed and manufactured by Bell Helicopter. The HDTS will be based on EFW's ANVIS/HUD (Aviator's Night Vision Imaging System / Head Up Display) with a Tracking System for pilot targeting and cueing. The program is valued at $51 million through 2012.

The HDTS provides a significant increase in situational awareness and safety by allowing the pilot to fly "head out of the cockpit" during both day and night operations by projecting critical flight information into the day display and night vision goggles' view. The system will also provide Line of Sight (LOS) cueing between pilots or display the LOS of an electro-optic payload (EOP).

The base EFW ANVIS/HUD system has been in operational use by U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine, and U.S. Air Force rotary wing pilots since the mid 1990's. The system is installed on most of the utility and special operations helicopter fleet platforms, including the H-60, CH-53 CH-47, CH-46, H-1, V-22 and others. The addition of the tracking and LOS functions to this proven product provides the U.S. military aviator a helmet mounted system that delivers state of the art situational awareness and aircrew interaction.

Commenting on the award, Raanan Horowitz, executive vice president and general manager of EFW said, "EFW is pleased and honored to be part of the ARH team. This Helmet Mounted System will provide responsive and accurate situational awareness for the ARH aircrew, allowing them to execute their mission safely and effectively."

EFW also supplies the Integrated Helmet and Display Sighting System (IHADSS) used to provide US Army Apache attack helicopter pilots with helmet mounted night vision, flight data, and weapons targeting information.

Additionally, EFW, through its Vision Systems International (VSI) joint venture, provides subsystems for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) used in fixed wing fighter aircraft in the US and other allied countries as well as for the helmet mounted system for the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter.

About EFW Inc.

EFW Inc., of Fort Worth, TX, specializes in the design, development, production and life-cycle support of complex military hardware and software solutions for upgrade and integration projects. As a fully accredited US Department of Defense supplier, the company also provides systems support for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, ground vehicles, naval vessels, trainers, simulators, and weapons sensors for military services and leading defense contractors.

About Elbit Systems of America

Elbit Systems of America companies are leading providers of high performance products and sub-system solutions focusing on the defense, homeland security, and commercial aviation markets. With facilities in Texas, New Hampshire, Kansas, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and California, Elbit of Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the defense and safety of the United States. The Elbit Systems of America group is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and homeland security applications.

Additional news and information is available at http://www.efw.com/ and http://www.elbitsystemsofamerica.com/.


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