Bucharest, November 29, 2023 – # rbj – Israelis from Elbit Systems Ltd. (Elbit Systems) and Romarm, through its subsidiary Uzina Automecanica Moreni (UAM), announce the conclusion of a cooperation agreement between the two companies, in the field of artillery production. The parties will establish the Romanian Artillery Center, and the cooperation agreement includes the production of Elbit Systems advanced 155 mm ATMOS mobile howitzers.
“Elbit Systems Ltd. (Elbit Systems) and CN Romarm S.A., through its subsidiary Uzina Automecanica Moreni S.A. (UAM), announce the conclusion of a cooperation agreement between the two companies, in the field of artillery production. Through this collaboration, the parties will establish the Romanian Artillery Center, open to the participation of local companies to increase the base of the domestic industry, to generate new jobs and to establish a solid basis for the domestic production of artillery in Romania. The cooperation agreement includes the production of Elbit Systems advanced 155 mm ATMOS mobile howitzers, including the transfer of know-how for manufacturing, production and integration with ATMOS howitzers. Romarm and UAM will have the role of system integrators for more than 50% of the total works. The Moreni plant will also serve as a long-term local supplier for the support and maintenance of ATMOS howitzers”, the companies announce.
The partners are considering the involvement of other potential Romanian companies in the center of excellence, including: ELMET International SRL, Bacău, a manufacturer of electronic cables and mechanical subsystems; IOR Bucharest optics company, manufacturer of military and civilian optics; Simultec SRL, supplier of simulators and operational and tactical trainers for defense; Systematic, for the provision and support of the Tactical Communications Network, Fire Support software and C4I applications.
This partnership will generate new employment opportunities in Romania, supported by the growing demand for 155 mm howitzers coming from the Romanian Army and other NATO and EU countries.
“Elbit Systems, world leader in artillery gun systems and heavy turrets, has proven its business model through over 25 years of involvement on the Romanian market. Our combat solution can be further developed by Romarm through the production capacities of UAM and can turn Romania into an artillery production center for the entire region. By collaborating with Romarm, we want to strengthen our position as a strategic supplier not only for the Romanian Land Forces, but also for the entire European market”, says Udi Vered, General Manager, Elbit Systems Land.
Elbit Systems is a high-tech defense company, specializing among others in land and weapon systems, including the design, development, manufacture and integration of Howitzer Gun Systems, Mortar Systems, Remotely Controlled Mortar Systems (RCWS), manned and unmanned tours, modernizing and upgrading tanks and combat vehicles, as well as a comprehensive and high-performance range of precision munitions, missile solutions and combat mobility, survivability and protection systems.
Elbit Systems has been active in Romania for over 27 years, owning two local companies – ELMET, the largest defense exporter in Romania, and Simultec, the Training and Simulator Company.
“UAM is a company specialized in the design, manufacture and maintenance of armored vehicles that has been operating since 1958, with over 15,000 vehicles delivered to the Ministry of Defense in Romania, North or South-East Africa. Through the National Maintenance Center, UAM aims to expand its the list of products and new technologies to meet the new challenges facing the region. In this sense, the production of ATMOS advanced mobile howitzers together with ELBIT Systems represents a great opportunity”, says Corneliu Vişoianu, general manager, Uzina Automecanica Moreni (UAM) .
Elbit Systems is an international high-tech company that runs projects in the field of defense, security and in the civil field all over the world.
Through its subsidiaries around the world, Elbit Systems produces systems in the aerospace, terrestrial, naval fields, such as command-control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, unmanned aircraft, electro-optical space systems, advanced electro-optics, Electronic Warfare (EW), SIGINT, data transmission and communications systems, radio and cyber systems and munitions.
The company also focuses its efforts on modernizing current platforms, developing new technologies for defense, national security, civil applications, as well as providing support services, including training and simulation systems.
Uzina Automecanica Moreni (UAM) is a company with over 55 years of experience in the field of design, manufacture and maintenance of armored vehicles and special vehicles both for the forces of the national defense system and for foreign customers. During this period, more than 15,000 units of vehicles were manufactured in various configurations.
The company also focuses on the development of new technologies for defense and civil applications, it has already invested more than 7 million euros in the last 3 years, and for the next year it will invest more than 4 million euros.
“Thus, the premises are created for the creation of a “Center of advanced technologies for mobility”, especially for defense products”, says the company.