Elbit Systems has secured a contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide and operate simulators for the Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft fleet.
Valued at $74m, the contract requires the company to set up and operate flight simulators for the IAF’s upgraded C-130H and C-130J transport aircraft.
Elbit Systems will set up and operate the IAF upgraded C-130H and C-130J training centre, by providing two interconnected flight simulators.
The simulators facilitate both single and squadron training, while a ground crews simulator enables high-fidelity training of aircraft maintenance procedures.
Elbit Systems Aerospace Division general manager Yoram Shmuely said: “We are proud to have been selected by the IMOD, especially since it comes on the heels of the successful completion of the upgrade programme of the IAF’s C-130H aircraft fleet.
“This is yet another example of Elbit Systems’ technological and operational leadership in the training and simulation field and attests to the growing demand in many countries for all-inclusive interconnected simulation platforms that enhance the quality of training while reducing flight hours.”
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The 13-year contract includes a set up phase of approximately three years and a ten-year operating period.
In a separate development, the IAF’s Adir F-35I aircraft has become operational one year after it landed in the country.
Adir is Israel’s variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and is equipped with advanced capabilities to defeat emerging threats.
The IAF activated the Lockheed Martin-built fighter aircraft after completing an initial operational capability inspection.