William Lynn: Partnerships With Israeli Firms Help DRS Field Tech Platforms in Support of US Military

William Lynn
William Lynn

William Lynn, chairman and CEO of DRS Technologies, has said partnerships with Israel-based firms have helped DRS facilitate the integration and deployment of Israel-made technology platforms in the U.S. market in support of the U.S. military.

Lynn told Defense News bureau chief Barbara Opall-Rome in an interview published Monday that DRS has secured a potential $400 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with an Israel Military Industries-built M1A2-based assault bridging system.

DRS has begun to integrate the Trophy active protection system from Israel-based Rafael with the U.S. military’s M1 battle tanks and plans to compete for the Army’s Common Robotics System-I program that is valued at approximately $400 million, Lynn said.

He also cited the company’s partnerships with Israel-based firms such as Rada Electronic Industries and Beit-el Industries in order to introduce their tactical radars, filtration systems and other platforms to the U.S. market.

Lynn told Defense News that the “not made here” mentality is a “thing of the past.”

“If you look at all the defense companies now, they all have global supply bases…  So I think it’s inevitable that you’ll see a more international defense industrial base, which is a good thing ultimately for the U.S. taxpayer,” he added.


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