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Elbit Systems was awarded a contract valued at approximately $38 million from the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide operation, maintenance and logistic services for the Textron T-6 trainer aircraft (“T-6”) fleet of the Israeli Air Force (“IAF”).
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 of the IAF Flight Academy, the M-346 trainer jet fleet and the GROB G-120A trainer jet fleet. In addition, a joint venture of Elbit Systems UK and a subsidiary of KBR, provides procurement, operations and maintenance services for three aircraft types of the UK Army Flight Academy.
This 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, according to the company’s announcement.
The contract will be executed over a five-year period, with an option for an additional five-year period.
The T-6 was developed as a basic pilot training aircraft and is operative in the US Air Force and Navy, as well as the air forces of NATO, Greece and Morocco. It features a single Turboprop engine, its wingspan is 10.18 m and length reaches 10.12 m. The aircraft’s maximum speed is 290 knots, according to iaf.org.il
Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace Division, said: “We are proud to have been trusted with the continuation of our services that support the IAF’s operational and economic objectives. 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.”