Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract to set up a fighter aircraft mission training centre (MTC) for an undisclosed Latin American Air Force.

The $18.5m contract follows a previous $30m award received from the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) Procurement Administration, for an MTC in support of the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) F-15 and F-16C/D and F-16I aircraft fleet.

Commenting on the contract award, Yoram Shmuely, Elbit Systems Aerospace Division co-general manager, said the order marks a significant milestone in the company’s mission training activities.

"This selection attests to the trust in Elbit Systems’ solutions, combining both a technological edge and the understanding of the customer’s unique needs, and further strengthens our position as world leaders in the field of advanced tactical training," Shmuely added.

The MTC facility is designed to enhance the pilot’s operational readiness by enabling training in multiple mission scenarios, in varied war zones mirroring the relevant threat environment of each, offering a new training capability which was previously unavailable.

Using MTC, operators will be capable of making optimal use of existing resources by conducting some training exercises onboard the trainers, instead of the fighter aircraft.

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The system helps various trainees, from within the air force and at an interoperable level, to conduct joint-training in formations of pairs and foursomes, in addition to facilitating integration with other training systems.

Furthermore, the trainers situated in geographically distant locations will still be able to conduct joint training in various mission scenarios, using the MTC.

Establishment of the MTC is scheduled to take place in 2014.