Elbit Systems to supply UT30 Mk2 unmanned turret weapon stations and Spear mortar systems to Romanian Army

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on March 2 that its Romanian subsidiary, Elmet International SRL., was awarded a follow-on contract valued at $120 million from General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) to supply unmanned turrets, Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) and mortar systems for the Piranha V Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) of the Romanian Armed Forces. The work will be performed in Romania over a three-year period.
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Elbit Systems UT30 Mk2 unmanned turret on GDELS Piranha V (Picture source: Elbit Systems)

Under the follow-on contract, Elbit Systems will supply UT30 Mk2 turrets, RCWS and the SPEAR mortar systems, all fully integrated onboard the GDELS’ Piranha V APC. Elbit Systems’ UT30 Mk2 is a 30mm unmanned light turret that integrates weapon systems, fire control systems, sensors and display systems for enhanced combat effectiveness, situational awareness and target acquisition capabilities.

The company’s RCWS is a lightweight high-accuracy 12.7mm weapon station. The SPEAR is a 120mm computerized autonomous vehicular mortar system. In addition to Romania, Elbit Systems’ turrets, RCWS and mortar systems have been selected to date by dozens of customers across the world including Israel, the U.S.A, Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, and Croatia.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems President & CEO, said: “This follow-on contract award is yet another vote of confidence in Elbit Systems’ portfolio of solutions for armored platforms. I believe that the expansion of our integration and production capacity in Europe strengthens our ability to address the growing demand for advanced and proven capabilities for armored platforms.”

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The SPEAR is a 120mm computerised autonomous vehicular mortar system (Picture source: Elbit Systems)

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