Army selects Elbit America to develop prototype for JETS II

By Dan Schere / October 26, 2023 at 2:25 PM

The Army has chosen Elbit Systems of America to develop and qualify a prototype for the service's new Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS II) variant, the company announced Thursday.

Nearly a year ago, the Army released a request for prototype proposals for JETS II to solicit information from the private sector.

The Army, in its RPP, indicated that it intends to integrate a military code GPS receiver to handle call-for-fire missions. It will be used for “coordinate seeking, laser guided and conventional munitions,” according to the service.

The Army selected Elbit America to develop and qualify a prototype JETS II product, which will make targeting “easier and more precise” and will provide “faster effects on targets” according to the company. Development of the prototype system will be done at Elbit America’s Merrimack, NH facility through 2026.

Elbit America’s handheld system “allows soldiers to rapidly prosecute threats in all operational environments,” including for contested battlefields. The company’s system will ensure that “forward observers in the U.S. Army can operate with exceptional mobility, lethality and survivability, no matter where the battle takes place,” Erik Fox, the vice president of warfighter systems for Elbit America said in a statement Thursday.

“Responding to soldier feedback on such systems, we are designing a prototype lightweight JETS II system so it can be carried and effortlessly set up, shaving precious time off the targeting process in the field,” he said.