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ELBIT SYS : Elbit Systems of America Celebrates 500th Delivery of the Kollsman Enhanced Flight Vision System

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10/18/2009 | 03:55pm CET

MERRIMACK, New Hampshire, October 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) is pleased to announce the 500th Enhanced Vision System (EVS) operating within the Gulfstream family of aircraft. Kollsman and Gulfstream began their mutual commitment to this industry-leading technology eight years ago and today there are 464 Gulfstream aircraft flying with EVS I and 36 Gulfstream aircraft flying with EVS II. Additionally, EVS is a key enabler in the Air Transport market, with plans to install EVS in all FedEx aircraft.

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Gulfstream and Kollsman made history by certifying the first EVS on business jets in 2001, and with the recent certification of the G-150, the Kollsman EVS II is now offered as a standard fit or option on all Gulfstream models of aircraft.

Elbit Systems of America President and CEO Raanan Horowitz stated "We appreciate our long-standing relationship with Gulfstream and will continue to work with them towards new EVS technologies that enable FAA Next Generation requirements."

Using a cutting-edge infrared sensor, the Kollsman EVS II offers a pilot advanced situational awareness by creating a video image of the environment during the most critical phases of flight; taxi, takeoff, approach and landing. Enhanced Vision equipment returns the pilot to virtual VFR conditions in darkness, fog, rain, snow, haze, dust or pollution. This task is accomplished by sensing the smallest temperature differences (>5mK) in the environment and translating them into a real-time image.

The FAA and EASA continue to make ground-breaking changes to the regulations reflecting the safety benefits of EFVS technology. An Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) projects the conformal image of the surrounding environment on a Head Up Display and provides significant operational benefits. Under EASA rules, EFVS equipped aircraft can now begin the approach even if the actual visibility is 1/3 less that what is required for that approach. In the United States, aircraft can descend to 100 feet if the runway environment is visible through the HUD.

"The aviation industry is watching EFVS technology closely in anticipation of new regulations allowing operators even greater operational benefits in low visibility conditions such as taxi, reduced takeoff minimums and an increase of the lower landing credit to the point of touchdown," said Horowitz.

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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Elbit Systems of America and other trademarks, service marks and logos are registered or unregistered marks of Elbit Systems of America companies in the United States and in foreign countries. Copyright (c) 2009 Elbit Systems of America. All rights reserved.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) regarding Elbit Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the extent such statements do not relate to historical or current fact. Forward Looking Statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts; governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the United States among others; differences in anticipated and actual program performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price contracts; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.'s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

Contact: Lynn Peugh, +1(817)234-6696, [email protected]

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