Israel’s high technology defence group Elbit Systems has won a major flight training programme, valued at around $1.65 billion to set up an international flight training centre for the Hellenic Air Force, the company said on Thursday. The contract is part of an agreement between the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense.
Elbit Systems will execute the contract over a period of next 20 years with the provision of price indexation.
Under the contract, Elbit Systems will supply new M-346 training aircraft and will maintain the entire training fleet, comprised of dozens of M-346 and T-6 training aircraft for a period of approximately 20 years.
Elbit Systems will also provide its latest advanced Embedded Virtual Avionics (EVA) onboard the training aircraft, deliver networked flight simulators and an array of Ground-Based Training Stations (GBTS).
The company will also provide a command and control systems to enable efficient management of the flight training operation.
“This contract award attests to the leading position we hold in the area of pilot’s training solutions, providing tested know-how and proven technologies that improve operational readiness while reducing costs,” Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
The Israeli defence group said this contract follows several major programs and contracts that the company has secured in the last two years including the supply of embedded training capabilities for the U.S. Air Forces’ T-7 Red Hawk aircraft.
The recent contracts won by Elbit Systems also include a contract to provide the UK Royal Navy with a range of simulation capabilities, the delivery of a Brigade and Battle Group Mission Training Center to the Israeli defence forces, and a contract to supply helicopter flight simulation for the Italian Ministry of Defence, among others.
Since 2016, Elbit Systems and its partner KBR, have been providing procurement, operations and maintenance services for the Royal Air Forces’ Basic Flying Training program that operates dozens of aircraft of three different types in three Air Force bases in the UK.