Defence and homeland security specialists Elbit Systems has been awarded a $38m contract to operate, maintain and service the Textron T-6 Trainer Fleet of the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

The contract award, by the Israeli Ministry of Defence, 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 is for a five-year period, with an option for an additional five-year period.

T-6 used by IAF for cadet test flights

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 Inc, provides procurement, operations and maintenance services for three aircraft types of the UK Army Flight Academy.

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.”
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