Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) plans to double production of its Galaxy super-mid-size business jet to two a month from April and expects to deliver 22 aircraft this year, rising to 24 in 2001. The green aircraft will be shipped to US joint venture partner Galaxy Aerospace for completion. IAI is also targeting the twin turbofan at paramilitary markets worldwide, alongside its Astra SPX business-jet stablemate. An SPX is to enter service with Aerospace Industrial Development of Taiwan later this month. The SPX will be deployed for high-speed target towing and airborne testbed operations, says IAI. Fort Worth, Texas-based Galaxy plans to start an official customer survey "within weeks" as a prelude to studies of potential new Galaxy derivatives.

Source: Flight International