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07:22 AM, January 22, 2019
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ELM-2084 MMR Radar (image: IAI)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unit Elta Systems has won a contract to supply C-MMR multi-task radar systems to the Finnish army.

Elta did not disclose the price of the deal. However, defense market sources said that the “deal was for tens of millions of dollars,” Globes reported Monday.

The radar systems that Elta will supply are from the MMR series, which also includes radar systems used by the Iron Dome active missile defense system.

These radar systems are smaller than the ones used for Iron Dome. They can identify rocket fire, artillery shells, and mortar shells, and provide warning of such launchings.

The radar systems to be supplied to the Finnish army are capable of simultaneously identifying artillery fire and conducting aerial surveillance, and can therefore significantly restrict air movement of hostile forces in various areas Elta told Globes.

"These systems will be delivered to Finland by 2021. They provide a solution for a wide range of operational needs, while creating a full aerial picture and a response to a wide variety of threats," Elta CEO Yoav Turgeman, said.

Turgeman added that Elta was preparing for additional tenders for procurement of radar in both Finland and other European countries.

This is IAI's second deal with the Finnish army in the past year. Last summer, IAI reported that it would supply the Finnish navy with Gabriel sea-to-sea missiles for €162 million. The deal included an option for follow-on procurement amounting to over €190 million. Defense sources said that the under the deal, IAI would supply Finland with the Gabriel 5, the most advanced version of this missile.

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