Elbit Systems has been awarded follow-on contracts by Israel's defence ministry to extend its work in operating and maintaining training aircraft and helicopters used by the nation's air force flight academy.
Contained within a package of awards from the defence ministry worth a combined $315 million announced by Elbit on 31 December 2012, the first deal will extend a helicopter training service first contracted in 2004. This will deliver full logistics and maintenance services on a "power by the hour" basis for a fleet of Bell 206 "Sayfan" trainers (above), plus operational-level maintenance for Bell AH-1A "Tzefa" aircraft.
A follow-on to a deal awarded in 2009, the second contract covers Elbit's provision of maintenance services for the air force's 20 Hawker Beechcraft T-6A "Efroni" trainers.
Both deals will come into effect during 2014, following the completion of the previously awarded contracts.
Elbit has been providing the Israeli air force with maintenance services for its training aircraft and helicopters since 2002.
Source: Flight International