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IAI unveiling new recon vehicle

  |   April 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM
LOD, Israel, April 8 (UPI) -- Israel Aerospace Industries is unveiling a new all-terrain reconnaissance vehicle at an aerospace and defense exhibition in Brazil.

The Stark IRV, developed by IAI's Elta Systems subsidiary, is a 4x4 vehicle based on a Brazilian platform produced by TAC Motors.

Its mission payload, provided by Elta, includes a day/night, all-weather target acquisition system. The Stark IRV sensor suite includes advanced ground surveillance radar, an electro-optical system and a line-of-sight or satellite communication system.

IAI said the Stark IRV enables the crew to maintain continuous tracking of multiple targets, providing rapid, flexible and effective capabilities for changing intelligence requirements.

The vehicle is designed to support law enforcement, paramilitary and border security forces engaged with security, combating drug trafficking and smuggling.

The Israeli company is showcasing other systems for homeland security and civil defense at the Latin America Aero and Defense exhibition next week. Included are a hovering aerial vehicle, providing persistence surveillance in urban areas; a new information system that supports the management of first responders in emergency situations such as fires, earthquakes or floods; and an Airborne Early Warning and Control system.

"IAI is offering Brazil and its customers in Latin America a wide range of products, backed by extensive technological knowhow and unique operational experience, all integrated and supporting the concept of know-decide-act," said Yitzhak Nissan, president and chief executive officer of IAI.

"We are already operating in Brazil, getting to know Brazil's unique needs and operational requirements and we are ready to provide the solutions Brazil needs.

"We plan to expand our activities in Brazil through cooperation with local companies," he said.

LAAD 2011 is next Tuesday-Friday in Rio de Janeiro. About 600 companies will present products.

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