Elbit Systems is to supply its virtual mission training system (VMTS) equipment to give the Israeli air force's future fleet of Alenia Aermacchi M-346 trainers a simulated airborne radar capability.
The VMTS system simulates a tactical radar's air-to-air and air-to-ground modes by using data links installed on participating aircraft, and is also networked to an instructor's ground station. By using the equipment, student pilots are able to train in advanced areas such as the simulated use of weapons and electronic warfare systems.
Israel's air force will gain access to a 30-strong fleet of M-346s from 2014 via the TOR Systems joint venture between Elbit and Israel Aerospace Industries. The company will acquire the selected aircraft and associated equipment and sell flight hours to the service under a multi-year arrangement.
Elbit was selected in 2008 to supply its VMTS to equip part of the US Navy's fleet of Boeing T-45 Goshawk jet trainers. The service has performed tests with an initial two systems, and plans to buy at least 19 more.
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