Elbit wins $96 mil contract to provide helicopter training center to European country

The center is said to enable pilots and crews to engage in realistic tactical training using all of the helicopter's systems in a wide variety of scenarios

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Israel's Elbit Systems announced Sunday that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $96 million to supply a European country with a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center and support services to train its Air Force, Army and Navy helicopter pilots and crews. The contract will be performed over a nine-year period, with an option to extend the maintenance services for an additional 10 years. Elbit did not disclose which European country is involved. 

The Rotary-Wing MTC is a networked multi-platform, mission-oriented center that will provide multi-level training for the pilots and crews. The new center will enable realistic tactical training using all of the helicopter's systems in a wide variety of mission scenarios. The Rotary-Wing MTC draws on the unique technologies and accumulated operational experience of Elbit's fighter aircraft tactical mission training centers.

Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division commented, "This contract highlights the growing importance that Armed Forces place on leveraging proven technologies to enhance readiness while reducing costs."

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