Elbit Systems Ltd. and CN ROMARM S.A, through its subsidiary S Uzina Automecanica Moreni S.A. (UAM), have announced a cooperation agreement between the two companies in the field of artillery production.
As part of the agreement, the parties will establish a Romanian Artillery Center, with the participation of additional local companies to enhance the domestic industrial base, generate additional employment opportunities and establish a strong foundation for sovereign artillery production in Romania.
The cooperation agreement includes production of Elbit Systems’ 155mm ATMOS Advanced Mobile Howitzers including the transfer of know-how for the manufacturing, production, assembly and integration of the ATMOS howitzers.
ROMARM and UAM will operate as the system integrator, with more than 50% of the total workshare. Moreni will also serve as a long-term local support and maintenance provider for the ATMOS Howitzers.
The partners are considering additional potential Romanian companies for participantion in the center of excellence including:
- ELMET International SRL, Bacau, a manufacturer of Electronic Cables and Mechanical subsystems.
- IOR Optics Company Bucharest, a producer of military and civilian-grade optics.
- Simultec SRL, a supplier of operational and tactical trainers and simulators for defence.
- Systematic, to supply and support the Tactical Communications Network, Fire Support software and C4I applications.
The success of this partnership should generate new employment opportunities in Romania, supported by the growing demand for 155mm Howitzers from the Romanian military and other NATO and EU countries.
Elbit Systems is a high-tech defense company that, among other solutions, specializes in land and weapons systems house including the design, development, manufacture and integration of Artillery Howitzer Gun Systems, Mortar Systems, Remote-Controlled Weapon Systems (RCWS), manned and unmanned turrets, tanks and combat vehicles upgrade and modernization as well as comprehensive, high-performance array of precision ammunition, rocket solutions and combat mobility, survivability and protection systems.
Elbit Systems has been working in Romania for decades, owning two local companies – ELMET, the largest defence exporter in Romania, and Simultec, Training and Simulators Company.
Udi Vered, General Manager, Elbit Systems Land, said; “Elbit systems, a global leader in artillery gun systems and heavy turrets, has proven its business model through its 25-year commitment to the Romanian market. Our battle proven solution can be further developed with ROMARM through UAM production capabilities and transform Romania into our artillery hub for the region.
“By working together with ROMARM, we aim to position ourselves as a strategic supplier not only to the Romanian Land Forces, but also to the entire European market.”