Israel Elbit Systems to provide new mission training center for Israel’s F-16 fleet


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The $180 million contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense will be delivered over a three-year period


The Israel Ministry of Defense signed an agreement today (Tuesday) with Elbit Systems to expand the Mission Training Center (MTC) at the Hatzor Air Force Base, which contains flight training simulators for F15 and F16 aircrafts.

The new Mission Training Center will be added to the existing MTC, that will be upgraded as part of the contract. Both MTCs will improve the quality of aircrew training, doubling the number of training sorties for the IAF’s F-16 and F-15 aircrew.

The deal's value is estimated to be about $180 million (NIS 400 million), and about $80 million in aid funds. The contract will be delivered over a three-year period, with an additional fifteen-year period that will include operation and maintenance services.

The Air Force’s new MTC will include ten simulators with advanced high resolution displays, accurate weapon simulation and Elbit’s arena generator, that combine to enable simulation of both current and future battlefield environments.

"This center will significantly upgrade the scope of the Air Force's training capabilities while potentially absorbing future additional training platforms,” said Deputy Director General and Head of the Directorate of Production and Procurement, Avi Dadon. “In addition, the flight training center will yield multi-year savings amounting to hundreds of millions of shekels."

Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace, said that “Armed forces around the world are reshaping their training capabilities while striving to improve combat readiness and efficiency.”

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