Elisra's recent growth may have increased the Israeli company's spectrum of capabilities, but it remains very defined and tightly focused, according to chief executive Brigadier General Avner Raz.

Unlike some other Israeli concerns, Elisra also retains a strong focus on its domestic market, with the Israeli Defence Forces providing some 40% of the company's work. "We couldn't survive without Israel," says Raz.

Elisra has a long and distinguished record in the production of airborne electronic warfare, radar warning and electronic intelligence equipment, and jammers. Its associated companies bring new but related experience.


Tadiran has added communications intelligence capabilities, as well as expertise in EW systems for ground forces, command and control networks, and sensor fusion. Tadiran Spectralink specialises in datalinks, while BVR's training system background has formed the backbone of an effort to produce a real-time EW training system.

Elisra's fortunes have entirely turned around in recent years, thanks largely to a highly successful programme to incorporate advanced locally produced EW equipment in the Israel's F-15 fighters. Raz describes this as a breakthrough programme, since it led to similar work on the F-16, which Elisra sees as representing its core business in the future.

The company finds that helicopter EW equipment is of growing importance, and on 16 June it announced that it had been selected to upgrade existing EW systems on Canadian Armed Forces CH-146 Griffon (Bell 412EP) helicopters, with a contract for 17 radar and laser warning receivers.

Source: Flight Daily News