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Elbit Systems UK builds British industrial team to deliver advanced Uncrewed Air Systems (UAS)

20 January 2022

London, 20th January 2022 – Elbit Systems UK has built a strong industrial team in the UK to compete for specific UAS programmes that are emerging. Team Elbit will leverage the capabilities of partner organisations, a broad range of suppliers, and Elbit Systems’ own expertise and experience as a world leader in UAS design and systems integration, delivering agile innovation to meet new and emerging UAS requirements.

Led by Elbit Systems UK, the team will include their Joint Venture UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS). Based in Leicester, the U-TacS team are already responsible for delivering the world-renowned Watchkeeper UAV to the British Army, and will undertake system integration, through-life support, and through-life management. The team will use their skills and knowledge to deliver fully integrated and supported UAS capabilities, exploiting their knowledge of each team member, and combining this with best-in-class sub-systems and technologies. 

Team Elbit will leverage an extensive, proven, and continually evolving platform portfolio including the Skylark family of mini-UAS, now entering its fifth generation.

The team also comprises QinetiQ who will work with Elbit Systems UK to drive innovation by developing a collaborative supplier framework of leading UAS technology; and UAS specialist SME, Aviation Systems Group (ASG), who will support Team Elbit in the management of Air Safety, Airworthiness, support to operational flight planning and training in the UK as a Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) for small UAS.  

Elbit Systems has a proven and extensive UAS portfolio including fully integrated fixed wing and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems in multiple classes. The company has been a world leading system integrator for UAS, including mini and tactical systems, since 1996. 

The team will also collaborate with a wide range of suppliers in related disciplines including platforms, payloads, communications, and processing to deliver best-in-class capabilities with rapid and continual technology refresh.

Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said:

Elbit Systems UK has been a pioneer, and is now well established in delivery, evolution and support of integrated UAS capability to the UK MOD. Team Elbit will leverage the successes and expertise of all the partners, to meet future requirements with best-in-class technology from our Team and a broad range of suppliers.

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About Elbit Systems UK 

Elbit Systems UK Ltd. holds three wholly owned subsidiaries as well as two joint ventures. In total, over 600 personnel are employed by the Elbit Systems UK companies in the UK, in high tech roles in the defence, aerospace and rail sectors. The two joint ventures were formed in order to deliver the Watchkeeper programme for the British Army and to supply and support three fleets of aircraft within the UK MOD Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. Elbit Systems UK is an established supplier to the UK Armed Forces, participating in several major Defence programmes such as Selborne, Morpheus and MEWSIC Increment 1, and delivering the Dismounted Joint Fires Integrator and Joint Fires Synthetic Trainer.