Elbit's "Red Sky" Anti-Drone Defense System (Elbit YouTube Promotion)

Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems has secured a significant contract valued at approximately $50 million for its new air defense system, the "Red Sky," from an unnamed international customer. Over a two-year period, Elbit will deliver two Red Sky batteries, providing comprehensive air defense capabilities against low-altitude aerial threats.

The Red Sky system is a Tactical Very Short-range Air Defense (VSHORAD) system designed to protect against an array of aerial threats. This includes both manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as other low-altitude targets. The system integrates both soft-kill and hard-kill defense mechanisms, offering a multi-layered solution that addresses modern aerial challenges.

At the core of the Red Sky's soft-kill capabilities is Elbit's Redrone, an electronic warfare (EW) solution for detecting, identifying, locating, and neutralizing unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The Redrone system consists of several components, including DAiR Radar, Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) sensors, an RF Jammer, and the COAPS-L electro-optical (EO) payload. The system also incorporates anti-aircraft missile launchers, enhancing its hard-kill defense capabilities and offering a robust, comprehensive defense against a variety of aerial threats.

Yehuda (Udi) Vered, General Manager of Elbit Systems Land, emphasized the importance of this system in addressing the urgent need to defend borders and secure strategic assets against diverse aerial threats. He highlighted the close collaboration between various divisions within Elbit Systems, which has led to the integration of new anti-aircraft missiles and advanced soft-kill mechanisms, creating a comprehensive new solution.

Elbit Systems is a globally recognized defense company that develops, manufactures, integrates, and sustains a range of next-generation solutions across multiple domains. With approximately 19,000 employees in dozens of countries across five continents, the company reported around $6 billion in revenue and an order backlog of $17.8 billion in 2023. This contract further solidifies Elbit's position as a leading provider of advanced defense systems worldwide.

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