Elbit Systems of America Announces FAA Certification of the Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS(TM)) on Sikorsky Helicopters

MERRIMACK, New Hampshire, October 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems of Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) has achieved another milestone for the Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS(TM)). GAViS(TM) is now certified on the Sikorsky S-76A, S-76B and S-76C helicopters. Pro Star Aviation has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and is able to install the GAViS(TM) at the customer's location during annual inspections or at their facilities in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

GAViS(TM) is an affordable, compact, lightweight infrared sensor that provides a video image of the aircraft's forward environment at night and in low visibility conditions. In designing the GAViS(TM) system, Elbit Systems of America has leveraged the same key technology that was developed for the award winning EVS II used in all Gulfstream aircraft.

Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America stated, "Sikorsky's helicopters are known for their superior track record of safety and innovation. We are pleased to be working with a partner like Pro Star Aviation, who shares our vision of a safer industry, to further enhance these capabilities. Our GAViS(TM) technology provides significant improvement in situational awareness and safety, especially beneficial for aircraft's supporting critical missions and needs. "

GAViS(TM) is the ideal choice for smaller aircraft, such as the S-76, where there is limited space available for installation. Its compact size (3 inches high, 6 inches wide and 11.5 inches long) allows for flexible installation options. Installation of the Kollsman GAViS(TM) sensor is simple due to its hermetically sealed, aerodynamic housing which is designed for exterior mounting.

Pro Star Aviation has extensive experience working on avionics for the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. Over the last 10 years Pro Star Aviation has worked with numerous Fortune 100 companies that operate S-76 helicopters. Pro Star Aviation facilities in Londonderry, New Hampshire include a 17,000sq ft hangar with 4,000sq ft of shop and office space as well as a 3,500sq ft office building at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (KMHT) in New Hampshire.

About Elbit Systems of America, LLC

Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products and system solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications. For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com.


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Contact: Lynn Peugh , +1-817-234-6696, lynn.peugh@elbitsystems-us.com

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