El­bit Sys­tems wins Is­rael train­ing air­craft con­tract

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El­bit Sys­tems and IAI’s part­ner­ship have reached an agree­ment with the De­fense Min­istry on the Is­rael Air Force’s fu­ture trainer pro­gramme. El­bit Sys­tems an­nounced that TOR Ad­vanced Flight Train­ing, its part­ner­ship with Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries Ltd. (IAI), es­tab­lished for the Is­rael Air Force’s fu­ture trainer pro­gramme, has reached an agree­ment with the Min­istry of De­fense on a $603 mil­lion con­tract, of which El­bit Sys­tems’ share is $420 mil­lion for pro­vid­ing ser­vices and sys­tems as a sub­con­trac­tor to TOR.

The con­tract is expected to be signed in the com­ing weeks, fol­low­ing the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of sev­eral fi­nanc­ing pro­ce­dures. In or­der to fa­cil­i­tate meet­ing the project’s sched­ule, TOR re­ceived an in­terim $27 mil­lion pur­chase or­der and fi­nanc­ing from the Min­istry of De­fense.

In the project’s es­tab­lish­ment phase, El­bit Sys­tems will es­tab­lish an en­hanced lo­gis­tic sup­port and main­te­nance in­fra­struc­ture for the new trainer as well as an ad­vanced ground train­ing ar­ray. The new, ad­vanced avion­ics sys­tems that El­bit Sys­tems will sup­ply will im­prove the readi­ness of Air Force pi­lots in oper­at­ing nextgen­er­a­tion air­craft. El­bit Sys­tems’ share in this phase of the project, worth $110 mil­lion, will be car­ried out over three years.

Dur­ing the project’s op­er­a­tional phase, El­bit Sys­tems will pro­vide lo­gis­tics ser­vices for the trainer and the new air­craft ar­ray, worth $310 mil­lion, over 20 years.

El­bit Sys­tems out­go­ing Pres­i­dent and CEO Joseph Ack­er­man said, “We are proud to take part in yet an­other im­por­tant project for the Min­istry of De­fense and the Air Force. In re­cent years, we have pro­vided the Air Force with ad­vanced avion­ics sys­tems and train­ing in­fra­struc­ture, as well as main­te­nance and lo­gis­tics sup­port ser­vices.”

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