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Israel Air Force to Receive New F-16 Training Center

Israel has awarded Elbit Systems a $180-million contract to develop an F-16 mission training center (MTC) for the Israeli Air Force.

The three-year agreement includes an additional 15-year period for platform operation and maintenance.

According to the company, the future MTC will feature 10 simulators with accurate weapon representation and advanced resolution displays. It will be programmed with Elbit’s arena generator, providing users with accurate modern battlefield scenarios.

The MTC will be employed alongside the air force’s existing trainer, which will also be modernized under the contract. Once delivered, the platforms are expected to enhance the service’s flight training quality and double the simulation sorties of its F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon crews.

“Elbit Systems appreciates the strong partnership and the confidence of the [Israeli Ministry of Defense] and the [Israel Defence Forces],” Elbit Systems Aerospace General Manager Yoram Shmuely stated.

“Armed forces around the world are reshaping their training capabilities while striving to improve combat readiness and efficiency. This contract award emphasizes Elbit Systems’ leading position as a provider of advanced mission training systems.”

An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off at the Ramon air force base in the Negev Desert, southern Israel, on October 21, 2013.
File photo. An Israeli F-16 I fighter jet takes off at the Ramon air force base in the Negev Desert, southern Israel. Photo: Jack Geuz/AFP

Elbit’s Advanced Tank Trainer in Israel

Earlier this month, Elbit Systems signed a $107-million contract with the Israeli Defense Forces to develop main battle tank simulation and training centers.

In addition to related tank systems and armaments, the platforms will provide logistics, combat support, and intelligence training to regular and reserve personnel. 

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