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Elbit Systems Ltd.
IndustryDefence Electronics
Founded1966; 53 years ago (1966)
Key people
Michael Federmann (Chairman)
Bezhalel Machlis (CEO and President)
RevenueIncreaseUS$3.7 billion (2018)[1]
IncreaseUS$470.8 million (2018)
OwnerFedermann Enterprises Ltd. (45.8%)[2]
Number of employees
15,000 (2018)
SubsidiariesElbit Systems of America

Elbit Systems Electro-Optics - Elop
Elbit Systems Land and C4I

Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an Israel-based international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of 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 aircraft systems (UAS), advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, electronic warfare suites, signal intelligence (SIGINT) systems, data links and communications systems and radios.

The company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

In 2016, Elbit Systems had approximately 13,895 employees, the majority of whom are engaged in engineering, mechanics, research and development, and other computing and technical areas.[3]

Elbit Systems' shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.


Early years - A division within Elron

Elbit Systems was founded in 1966 by Elron Electronic Industries (TASEELRN), which combined the existing expertise within the Israel Ministry of Defense-Research Institute in special computer design with Elron's experience in electronic product design, manufacture and management (initially under the name Elbit Computers). Elbit steadily expanded developing and producing logistic-support weapon delivery and navigation systems for most Israeli aircraft, establishing a combat avionics package for the IAI Lavi fighter aircraft, and producing a fire-control system for the Merkava tank.[4]

1996 IPO on NASDAQ

In 1996, Elbit spun off into three independent companies:

  • Elbit Medical Imaging NASDAQEMITF - During 1999 to 2000 Elscint (Another affiliate of Elron) and Elbit Medical Imaging sold their imaging activities to General Electric Medical Systems and to Picker (now part of Philips Medical Systems) for approximately $600 million.
  • Elbit Systems - Created as the defence electronics arm of Elbit, the company had an initial public offering on the NASDAQ stock market with the symbol NASDAQ:ESLT and finished its first day of trading at a price of $7.75. Elbit Systems has a market cap of over $5 Billion.
  • Elbit - which focused on communications activities and in 1999 led the consortium that founded Partner Communications Company, Israel's first GSM operator NASDAQPTNR. In 2002, Elbit was merged into Elron. Elron sold its shares in Partner during 2003-2006 for approximately $160 million.

Merger with El-Op

In 2000, Elbit Systems merged with El-Op (a company controlled by the current Chairman, Michael Federmann),[5] creating the largest non governmental defense electronics company in Israel and increasing Elbit Systems' value which later in 2004 enabled Elron to sell its shares in Elbit Systems for approximately $200 million.[6] Following the merger with El-Op, Michael Federmann became the largest shareholder in the combined group.

Growth by acquisition

Following the merger with El-Op, Michael Federmann and CEO Joseph Ackerman led an aggressive growth by acquisitions strategy.

The company acquired companies, including:

  • Elisra
  • Tadiran Communications
  • Shiron Satellite Communications
  • BVR Systems
  • Assets of Israel Military Industries' Aircraft Systems Division
  • Innovative Concepts, Inc.
  • Mikal Ltd (the company initially purchased 19% of the firm, and later agreed to acquire Mikal's 100% holdings in Soltam Systems and Saymar and the 87.85% portion of ITL held by Mikal, in exchange Mikal's owners received the 19% of Mikal that Elbit had purchased)[7] Elbit subsequently announced a cash tender offer for the 12.15% remainder of ITL held by the public.[8]

Recent news

In October 2014, Elbit Systems won a $12.7 million contract for the supply and provision of Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets for the US Army helicopter fleet. The contract would be delivered over a two-year period.[9]

On March 22nd 2018, Elbit Systems and Universal Avionics announced today that Elbit "is in the process of completing the acquisition of the privately owned U.S. company Universal Avionics Systems Corporation [UASC] through an asset acquisition agreement." The deal is expected to close "in the coming weeks."

In the year of 2019, Elbit Systems purchased the night vision business of Harris Corp. in America for $350 million.[10]

In August 2019, Elbit Systems won an IMOD contract to install the Iron Fist active protection system on the IDF's new Eitan AFV and the IDF's fleet of armored D9 bulldozers. [11]

Major subsidiaries

  • Elbit Systems Intelligence and Electro-optics - Elop Ltd.
  • Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd.
  • Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT - Elisra Ltd.
  • Elbit Systems - Cyclone Ltd.
  • Elbit Security Systems Ltd.
  • Kinetics Ltd.
  • SCD - Semi-Conductor Devices
  • Opgal - Optronics Industries Ltd.
  • Elbit Systems of America, LLC
  • IMI Systems

Former holdings and spin-offs

Global presence


Azerbaijan Azerbaijan [14]

Belgium Belgium - On 1 July 2003, Elbit acquired OIP Sensor Systems .[15]

France France - On June 19, 2011, Elbit announced that its subsidiary Elisra Electronic Systems Ltd. was awarded a contract valued at approximately EUR5 million to supply hundreds of units of its AN/PRC-684 Personal Locator Beacon to the French Ministry of Defense, equipping the French Air Force, Army, Navy and DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement). The project is to be performed within 24 months.[16]

Italy Italy - On June 22, 2011, Elbit announced that it was awarded a contract valued in excess of $15 million by Elettronica S.p.A to participate in a program to supply the ELT/572 DIRCM (Directed Infra-Red Countermeasures) system for installation on various platforms of the Italian Air Force, including the C130J, C27J and AW101. The contract is to be performed over the next three years.[17]

Republic of Macedonia Macedonia - In February 2004 Elbit System started modernization of 4 helicopters (two transport MI17, and two attack helicopters MI24V) in Air Base Petrovec for Macedonian Air Force with equipment (ANVIS/HUD-24) for flight and combat in night environments. On May 11, 2011, Ministry of Defence signed a contract for building a training center for pilots with simulators (Full Mission Sumulator, FMS) for MI17 and MI24 helicopters. Simulators was produced by Romanian Company Simultec ownership of Elbit Systems, On March 2, 2014, centar was opened with ceremony led by President of Republic Of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, Premier of Republic Of Macedonia Nikola Gruevski, ex-minister from Ministry of Defence and other guests.

Romania Romania - Elbit Systems' activities in Romania, which started in 1996, are primarily carried out through its wholly owned Romanian subsidiaries, Elbit Systeme S.A., A-E Electronics S.A, Elmet International SRL and Simultec SRL, which employ approximately 400 employees.[18] On May 24, 2011, Elbit announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $18.6 million to upgrade the Romanian Air Forces' C-130 transport aircraft. According to the agreement, the C-130 aircraft will be installed with various types of advanced electronic systems, including those produced by Elbit Systems' wholly owned subsidiary - Elisra Electronic Systems Ltd. The project, to be performed over four years, will be executed in cooperation with local companies in Romania, led by the Romanian Aeronautical Industry.[18]

United Kingdom United Kingdom - In 2005 Elbit set up a joint venture company in the UK with Thales, UAV Tactical Systems Ltd (U-TacS), developing the British Army Watchkeeper WK450. On December 7, 2007, it was announced that QinetiQ will join the programme as a sub-contractor to provide testing services at ParcAberporth, West Wales.[19] In 2007, Elbit acquired Ferranti Technologies (Group) Limited.[20]

North America

United States United States - Elbit owns several companies in the United States through its American subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America (ESA):

South America

Brazil Brazil - In 2001, Aeroeletronica (AEL), a Brazilian company that had more than two decades of experience in the defense industry has become a part of the Elbit Systems Group.[26] In January 2011, Elbit announced that it had bought two more Brazilian companies: Ares Aeroespecial e Defesa, and Periscopio Equipamentos Optronicos.[27] In April 2011, Embraer has entered into a strategic agreement with AEL Sistemas S.A ("AEL"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems. The two companies were yet to define the specific programs to be pursued but, according to officials from the two companies, the main goals of the cooperation were the expanding of joint activities in the area of unmanned aircraft systems, including the anticipated creation of a jointly owned company, with majority participation of Embraer D&S. One of the primary goals of the joint venture will be to promote the introduction and use of Elbit Systems Hermes 450 UAV in the service of the Brazilian Air Force.[28]

Colombia Colombia - In March 2010, a $28 million contract for Hermes 450 UAVs was suspended by the Colombian government after media reports based on anonymous letters alleged that Colombian officials had been bribed.[29][30] The Israeli Ministry of Defense investigated and found that the letters likely came from Israel Aerospace Industries, a competitor that lost the tender.[29] The incident led to a review of the regulations governing overseas competition between Israeli defense companies.[29]

Southeast Asia

Philippines Philippines - Elbit won its first contract in the Philippines for the supply of upgraded armored personnel carriers to the Philippine military back in June 2014. The upgrade included 25mm unmanned turrets, 12.7 mm remote controlled weapon stations (RCWS) and fire control systems (FCS) for 90 mm turrets.[31] The contract marks a significant breakthrough for Elbit Systems, as it is the first one awarded to the company in the Philippines.[32] In 2015, the Armed Forces of the Philippines received 114 M113 tracked APCs from the United States.[33] The improved version of M113A2 APCs will have Remote Control Weapons System (RWS) designed by Elbit Systems. The electronically driven turrets can be configured with various types of cannons (25mm/30mm), coaxial machine guns (7.62mm) and guided anti-tank missiles.[34]


On 6 December 2017, Citizenlab published a detailed report that showed that Ethiopian dissidents and journalists in the US, UK, and other countries were targeted by sophisticated commercial spyware, sold and operated by Cyberbit, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems.[35][36] In a reply to an inquiry from Human Right Watch on the topic, Cyberbit did not deny selling this kind of technology, and rejected the responsibility of its possible misuse on its customers.[37]


On September 3, 2009, the Norwegian Pension Fund's ethical council decided to sell the fund's stocks in Elbit due to the corporations supply of surveillance systems for the Israeli West Bank barrier.[38] At a press conference to announce the decision, Minister of Finance Kristin Halvorsen said "We do not wish to fund companies that so directly contribute to violations of international humanitarian law". The Norwegian Ambassador to Israel was called to a meeting at the Israeli Foreign Ministry where the decision was protested.[39]

In January 2010, Danske Bank added Elbit to the list of companies that fail its Socially Responsible Investment policy; a bank spokesman noted that it was acting in the interests of its customers by not 'placing their money in companies that violate international standards'.[40][41] The Danish financial watchdog Danwatch has also placed Elbit on its ethical blacklist,[42] and one of Denmark's largest pension fund administrators PKA Ltd announced it will no longer consider investing in Elbit, stating "The ICJ stated that the barrier only serves military purposes and violates Palestinian human rights. Therefore we have looked at whether companies produce custom-designed products to the wall and thus has a particular involvement in repressive activities."[41]

In March 2010, a Swedish pension fund not wanting to be associated with companies which in its opinion are violating international treaties, boycotted Elbit Systems for being involved in constructing the Israeli West Bank barrier.[43]

In December 2018, The Jerusalem Post reported that British bank HSBC confirmed that it would divest from Elbit.[44] HSBC justified its decision by claiming it "strongly supports observance of international human rights principles as they apply to business."[45] In response, the group Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) released a press release in which it "declared a victory".[46] JewishPress.com reported that multiple sources claimed HSBC's decision was not influenced by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement but was an "investment decision."[47] In an editorial titled "Bad Banking", The Jerusalem Post wrote, "HSBC, if this is your final decision, you will go down on the wrong side of history. Do you understand that Israel is using Elbit technology to protect itself against Palestinian terror, and not to undermine the rights of the Palestinian people? If you are really concerned about human rights, perhaps you might consider using some of your own income to invest in the Palestinian economy, and boost cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian institutions."[48]

In April 2019, the publication of a rapport entitled AXA: Financing War Crimes[49] by SumOfUs highlighted that AXA, a French investment firm, divested from Elbit in December 31, 2018[50].


Unmanned aerial vehicles

Unmanned surface vehicles

See also


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