Elbit Systems' Elop subsidiary has been awarded a contract to supply an undisclosed Asian country with dozens of Compass payloads to equip its maritime patrol aircraft.

Elbit declined to name the buyer but said it "operates one of the largest maritime patrol fleets in the world".

The contract, valued at about $20 million, is scheduled to be completed within two years. The operator will use the equipment to help protect its coastlines.

Housed within a 15in turret, the Compass payload incorporates electro-optical/infrared sensors and a laser rangefinder and designator.

Delivering an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capability - even in adverse weather conditions - the package will be integrated into the maritime patrol aircraft's mission systems, such as its maritime search radar and command-and-control systems.

Elop's Compass system has already been installed for multiple users on hundreds of platforms, including unmanned air vehicles.

Source: Flight International