Defence News: Israel’s leading defence electronics manufacturer Elbit Systems Limited Monday said that it has won a $38 million contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide operation, maintenance and logistic services for the Textron T-6 trainer aircraft fleet of the Israeli Air Force.
“This contract award follows a decade during which Elbit Systems has provided the IAF with operation and maintenance services for the T-6 fleet, meeting the IAF’s standards of service, availability and flight safety,” Elbit said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
“We are proud to have been trusted with the continuation of our services that support the IAF’s operational and economic objectives, said Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace Division.
The contract will be executed over a five-year period, with an option to extend it for five more years.
“We believe that our proven experience and strong reputation in this area position us well to cater to the needs of additional Air Forces as they increasingly seek to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of training operations,” Yoram Shmuely added.
The T-6 fleet is used by the IAF for cadet test flights during the basic training phase of the Flight Academy course.
Elbit Systems also provides logistic services and training technologies to two other fleets of the IAF Flight Academy, the M-346 trainer jet fleet and the GROB G-120A trainer jet fleet.
The company also provides procurement, operations and maintenance services for three aircraft types of the UK Army Flight Academy through a joint venture between Elbit Systems UK and a subsidiary of KBR, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBR).
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial 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 aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems and munitions.
Elbit also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.