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ADF receives full suite of thermal weapons from Elbit

Land 125 Phase 3C final contract deliverable signing at Victoria Barracks. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Elbit Systems of Australia has completed the delivery phase of the LAND 125 Phase 3C contract to supply XACT th65 thermal weapon sights to the Australian Defence Force.

Dan Webster, managing director of Elbit Systems of Australia, and Malcolm McKeith, director of Armaments Systems Program Office at the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), signed the final delivery document at Melbourne’s historic Victoria Barracks in March. The maintenance phase of LAND 125 will continue until mid-2020.

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Since delivery commenced in September 2016, nearly 4,800 XACT th65 thermal sights have been supplied to the Australian Army with early indications suggesting good reliability of the systems delivered. The thermal sights are compact in size and lightweight at only 450 grams.

Elbit Systems of Australia’s LAND 125 project manager, Cathie Webb, said feedback from ADF personnel has been overwhelmingly positive.

"Personnel who have been issued with the thermal sight have been giving us extremely positive feedback about the sight’s effectiveness and ease of use," Webb said.

Webster said Elbit Systems is adapting to changes in technology at rapid pace and this will continue to be a defining feature in the company's business plans.

"The success of the contract was another important aspect of the company’s strategic partnership with the Army and the ADF more broadly. Technology is moving very quickly right across our very diverse offering, and weapon sights are no exception," he said.

"The th65 thermal sight is just the beginning of the role technology will play in sighting systems, with the integration of sight data into the battle management system likely to be the next step."

ADF receives full suite of thermal weapons from Elbit
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