Elbit Systems’ Military Gear May Seem Like Science Fiction, But It’s Real-World Tech

Elbit Systems' tech — such as its IronVision head-mounted display technology — allows military forces to be operational anywhere in the world, under any type of conditions.

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Elbit Systems of America is bringing leading-edge tech to its science fiction-esque products that are real-world solutions for militaries around the globe. It’s the kind of technology that allows soldiers to be operational anywhere in the world, under any type of conditions.

Its IronVision, for example, is see-through, head-mounted display technology that provides armored fighting vehicle (AFV) operators 360-degree situational awareness from inside a closed-hatch vehicle.

“Our company is committed to providing the United States Army with technology designed for complex missions that require capabilities in all domains.”
Ranaan Horowitz

Elbit Systems of America, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, is a subsidiary of the Israel-based defense electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd.

While IronVision has the look and feel of a science fiction trope come to life, its display gives AFV drivers and operators an augmented reality real-time view of the vehicle’s surroundings and, at a click, switch the video feed to a display of weapon sights, UAV video, an embedded mission simulator, or any other video source, Elbit Systems said.

In early October, Elbit Systems of America presented its latest tech at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C.

A worker assembles a high-tech product at Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth.[Courtesy Elbit Systems of America]

Along with the IronVision AR display system, the company showcased sensor suites for aircraft including large area displays multi-core mission processors, wide-field-of-view helmet displays, helmet tracking systems, and communication equipment; long-range, precise tactical strike solutions; and advanced command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence systems that allow for greater awareness and mission effectiveness.

Elbit Systems’ solutions benefit soldiers wherever the fight takes them, company president and CEO Raanan Horowitz said in a statement.

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[Courtesy Elbit Systems of America]

“Our company is committed to providing the United States Army with technology designed for complex missions that require capabilities in all domains,” he said.

Given the under-the-hood aspect of Elbit’s technology, it’s among the “quiet” major players in the defense contracting industry. Last year, the parent company brought into nearly $3.4 billion in revenue, with close to $1 billion coming from Fort Worth’s Elbit Systems of America, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

The company works with industry giants such as Lockheed Martin, Bell, and Boeing and is part of a Dallas-Fort Worth aerospace and defense contingent that includes Raytheon and L3 Technologies, among others.

Elbit’s Fort Worth facility was acquired from General Dynamics when that company sold its aircraft division to Lockheed Martin back in 1993.

While Elbit’s current technology such as IronVision is pushing boundaries, the company continues to look toward the evolution in defense industry tech, such as cyber networking and artificial intelligence.

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