The addition of the Israeli company's technology is seen as a significant, force-multiplying enhancement of the tactical aircraft capable of air-to-surface, air-to-air and tactical reconnaissance missions
Airlines such as Delta, Air Canada, Turkish Airlines and others have not only started shifting their passenger jets to ferry freight, but also stopped selling tickets for middle seats in order to maintain social distancing between passengers
The approval comes as the demand for cargo flights, which are crucial for the delivery of supplies and equipment, has been rising due to the COVID-19 crisis. IAI's Aviation Group has already delivered the first two converted aircraft
The contract worth $241 million is for replacement of wings of the veteran T-38 trainer jet, which is used for education and training of undergraduate pilots, among others. A senior IAI executive called the deal "additional proof of the US Air Force's trust and recognition of the company."