Israeli Firm Unveils Early Warning Instrument

The El-Op Electro-Optical Company has disclosed for the first time its Spirtact early-warning instrument which detects oncoming rockets by the thermal rays they emit. The instrument, which costs $1 million, cannot itself be detected by enemy radar.

The equipment is already installed in Israeli naval vessels but can be used by other services, also. It will be ready for export shortly, the manufacturers said. El-Op director Akiva Mayer said the Spirtact and other most sophisticated equipment were the result of the firm’s own research and development.

Other El-Op articles in army use include laser range-finders and aircraft gunsight cameras. The firm employs 749 workers, including many scientists and technicians. Present exports amount to about one-quarter of production but it is hoped to increase this to 50 percent soon.

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