Further to its announcement in December 2022, Elbit Systems has received a first purchase order to supply the first three out of a maximum seven Watchkeeper X tactical UAS as part of a framework contract with the Romanian Ministry of National Defense.
With a maximum value of approximately $410 million (1.89 billion Lei), this first purchase order is worth approximately $180 million and will be performed over a period of two years.
Elbit Systems will provide upgraded Watchkeeper X tactical UAS with advanced capabilities including the Spectro XR multi-spectral electro-optical payload, new communication capabilities and more.
The Watchkeeper X tactical, Dual Payload UAS is the UK export variant of the British Army manufactured by U-TacS, Elbit Systems’ UK subsidiary in cooperation with Thales, and is a derivative of the Hermes UAS family. The Watchkeeper X is compatible with NATO standards enabling essential interoperability with NATO and other allied forces.
Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace, said: “We welcome this partnership with Romania and their trust in our solutions. We also appreciate the continued support and collaboration with the Israeli and UK governments and our business partners on the Watchkeeper program. The ongoing research and development we are investing in the Watchkeeper platform will enhance the capabilities of both the Romanian and British Armed forces to meet evolving operational requirements. This purchase order highlights the strong and growing relationship between Elbit Systems and Romania and illustrates the increased interest in our UAS platforms from countries across Europe and NATO.”