Israel's Elbit Systems announced on June 22 that it 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 fleet of the Israeli Air Force. This contract follows a decade during which Elbit 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 five additional 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 also provides logistic services and training technologies to two other IAF Flight Academy fleets, 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 types of aircraft at the UK Army Flight Academy.
Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit 's 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.”