MELBOURNE, Australia – Elbit Systems will supply tracked armored vehicles and wheeled fire engines to an army in the Asia-Pacific region under a contract worth approximately $ 172 million, the Israeli company said Tuesday.
Elbit is the prime contractor for the three-year program and will supply the Sabrah light tank, which is based on the ASCOD platform manufactured by General Dynamics European Land Systems. Elbit will also supply the eight-wheel drive Pandur II vehicle, which is manufactured by the Czech company Excalibur Army.
A press release from Elbit stated that the 30-ton Sabrah “offers a unique combination of strong fire capacity and high maneuverability”. Both the tank and vehicle platforms will be equipped with a 105mm turret as well as a number of sub-systems including electro-optic sights, fire control systems, Torch-X combat management systems, software-defined E-Lynx radios and life support systems.
Bezhalel Machlis, President & CEO of Elbit, said the deal reflects “the mutually beneficial strategic collaboration between Elbit Systems and GDELS, based on the joint development and manufacture of vehicle tower solutions.”
Elbit’s press release did not reveal the numbers of the vehicles ordered, nor did it identify the customer, although Defense News understands that the vehicles are destined for the Philippines. Earlier unconfirmed reports suggest the contract will be for eight Sabras and 10 Pandur IIs along with a commando and a rescue vehicle.
The Philippine Ministry of Defense has not confirmed that it is the end user of the tanks. However, if it does, it would be the latest success for Elbit in the Southeast Asian country, having previously upgraded the country’s M113 armored personnel carriers.
This upgrade included equipping the M113 with Elbit’s combat management systems – the same as those for the Sabrah and Pandur vehicles in this new contract.
The Philippines also previously acquired Hermes 450 and 900 drones from Elbit.