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TEL AVIV - U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:LMT.N) views Israel as a "strategic market" for sales and purchases of equipment, a senior official said on Monday.

Speaking at a business forum in Israel, Robert Trice, senior vice-president for international strategy and business, said Lockheed was evaluating many countries for their best engineering companies, including Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems (Nasdaq:ESLTF).

The Israeli press reported on Sunday had said Elbit Systems had won a contract valued at $100 million-$200 million for sophisticated helmets for pilots flying F-35 fighter jets.

"Elbit (Systems) makes some of the best pilots' helmets in the world," Trice said, but declined to comment on future deals or how much they could be worth.

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