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Army contracts Elbit for mortars support

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted Elbit Systems of America to provide mortar ballistics system-integration support services.

Israel-based Elbit was awarded a $197.5 million deal from the Army Product Manager Mortars Systems as part of a Mortar Fire Control Systems Integration contract.

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Elbit said it will perform the systems-integration work for the Army's lightweight hand-held mortar ballistic computer and mortar fire control systems at its Texas facility.

"We bring to this effort a wide breadth of fire-control-systems experience as well as the potential for making future improvements and adding operational capabilities," Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America president and chief executive, said in a statement.

"Elbit Systems of America will be providing the Army with mortar fire control systems that increase accuracy and timely fires and will do so while improving supply-chain responsiveness and affordability."

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