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Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract, valued at approx. $38 million (€33.9 million), to operate, maintain and support the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) fleet of T-6 trainer aircraft, the company announced on 22 June. According to MON sources, the fleet currently consists of 20 aircraft, all delivered since 2009.

The 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. The contract will be executed over a five-year period, with an option for an additional five years.

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 at the Academy, the M-346 and the GROB G-120A. In addition, a joint venture between Elbit Systems UK and a subsidiary of KBR, Inc. provides procurement, operations and maintenance services for three aircraft types of the British Army’s Flight Academy.

Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace Division, commented “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.”

A T-6A TEXAN II, known as EFRONI in IAF service. (Photo via Elbit Systems)

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