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Elbit Systems of America Teamed to Develop an Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot

March 23, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Elbit Systems of
America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT)
announced it has joined as a team member for the commercialization of the
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project to develop an Energetically
Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR). This ambitious project is to develop an
autonomous unmanned ground vehicle, or self-driving vehicle, capable of
foraging – finding and consuming its own fuel. Elbit Systems of America joins
project leader, Robotic Technology Incorporated (RTI) of Potomac, Maryland,
and the University of Maryland in the EATR project.

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The EATR system consists of four main subsystems: (1) an autonomous
intelligent control system and sensors; (2) a manipulator system consisting
of a robotic arm and end effectors (hands); (3) a hybrid engine system
consisting of a biomass combustion chamber, a Stirling (i.e., external
combustion) engine and a re-chargeable battery pack; and (4) a mobility
platform, which may consist of any type of vehicle, such as a modified High
Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) or specially-designed robotic vehicle.
A basic goal of EATR is to develop a robotic ground vehicle that obtains its
own fuel. The initial proof-of-concept demonstration, a Phase II SBIR project
sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), will focus
on the ability of the EATR to recognize biomass sources of energy from
non-energy materials, properly manipulate and ingest the biomass materials
into the engine system and generate electrical power to operate the various
subsystems.

The EATR project is being led by RTI under project managers, Dr. Robert
Finkelstein
and Dr. Jim Albus. The academic partner is the University of
Maryland
, who will help perform basic research. Elbit Systems of America will
contribute to the development of fuel-recognition algorithms and to the
large-scale robotic arm.

Raanan Horowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elbit Systems of
America, stated “We are pleased to be a part of this exceptionally talented
team. This endeavor demonstrates collaborative efforts on the part of many to
provide forward-thinking initiatives in support of this important complex
program.”

About Elbit Systems of America, LLC

Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance
products and system solutions focusing on the commercial aviation, defense,
homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities
throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to
supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the
United States
. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems
Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT), a global electronics company engaged in a wide range of
programs for innovative defense and commercial applications.

About Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company
engaged in a wide range of defense-related programs throughout the world. The
Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the
areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications,
computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (“C4ISR”), unmanned
air vehicle (UAV) systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space
systems, EW suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems, data links and
military communications systems and radios. The Company also focuses on the
upgrading of existing military platforms and developing new technologies for
defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications.

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the United States and in foreign countries. Copyright (c) 2009 Elbit Systems
of America. All rights reserved.

Forward Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements (within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section
21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) regarding Elbit
Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the
extent such statements do not relate to historical or current fact. Forward
Looking Statements are based on management’s expectations, estimates,
projections and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to
the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance
and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict.
Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ
materially from these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors,
including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts;
governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting
priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the
countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the
United States
among others; differences in anticipated and actual program
performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price
contracts; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The
factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is
contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.’s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is
on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not
undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

Contact: Lynn Peugh, +1-817-234-6696, lynn.peugh@elbitsystems-us.com

SOURCE Elbit Systems of America


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