February 16, 2004 (by Adi Vaknin) - Elisra Electronic Systems has begun deliveries of electronic warfare (EW) systems for Israel Air Force (IAF) F-16I jets. The contract is estimated to be worth $250 million for deliveries through 2008.
The new EW systems are designed to protect the planes against heat-seeking and radar-guided missiles. The new system is automatic, and does not require the aircrew's intervention.
Elisra developed the system over three years. In the coming years it will jointly offer similar systems for civilian aircraft with Rafael.