Soltam Systems

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Soltam Systems
Type Private
Industry Defense
Founded1950;71 years ago (1950)
Founder Shlomo Zabludowicz
Key people
CEO. Col (res) David Marchiano
Products Fire support
RevenueIncrease2.svg US$ 150 million (2007)
Owner Elbit Systems
Number of employees
350 (2007)
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Soltam Systems Sholef
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Soltam Systems ATMOS 2000
Soltam Cardom 120mm Recoil Mortar System Keshet-120-mortar001.jpg
Soltam Cardom 120mm Recoil Mortar System

Soltam Systems (Hebrew : סולתם מערכות) is an Israeli defense contractor located in Yokneam, Israel. The company has been developing and manufacturing advanced artillery systems, mortars, ammunition and peripheral equipment since 1952. Soltam Systems serves armed and special forces in more than 60 countries. Among the company's major customers are the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the United States Army and NATO countries.



Soltam was founded in 1950 by Shlomo Zabludowicz as the IDF artillery manufacturer. The company was founded as a joint venture between the Israeli Solel Boneh and Luxembourg-based Salgad (Societe Anonyme Luxembourgoise de Gestion et D'Administration) which was a fully owned subsidiary of the Finnish artillery and mortar manufacturer Tampella. [1]

In 1998, Koor Industries sold Soltam to MIKAL Group. [2]

In October 2010, Soltam was sold to Elbit Systems and is now entirely owned by them. [3]




Soltam designs and manufactures a wide range of mortars, to suit a variety of military applications. Soltam supplies a variety of mortars, such as backpacked, under turret, towed and self-propelled recoiling mortars on wheeled or tracked vehicles. All mortars are simple to operate and fast in deployment. Soltam mortars are made of high quality alloy steel for extra toughness and stability. Mortar systems come with all auxiliary equipment necessary for field operation, including fire control computer, ballistic computer, INS, and target acquisition and location systems. All types of mortar ammunition in use worldwide are authorized to be used with Soltam mortars. [6]


Soltam manufactures a wide range of mortar ammunition, ranging in caliber and in use (High Explosive HE, Smoke and training). All mortars comply with NATO standards.

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