Elbit Systems has announced that it has been contracted to provide operation, maintenance and logistic services for the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) Beechcraft T-6A Efroni trainer aircraft fleet.
The deal – worth US$38m – was awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Defense before being announced by Elbit Systems on June 22. The contract will be executed over a five-year period and includes and option to extend it by another five years.
The company stated that “this contract award follows a decade during which Elbit Systems has provided the IAF with operation and maintenance services for the T-6 fleet, meeting the IAF’s standards of service, availability and flight safety.”
Israel’s T-6A Efroni fleet is used for cadet test flights during the basic training phase of the IAF’s Flight Academy course. Elbit Systems also provides logistic services to the air arm’s fleets of Leonardo M-346 Lavi advanced jet trainer and Grob G-120-A-I Snunit basic trainer aircraft.
Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems’ Aerospace Division, said: “We are proud to have been trusted with the continuation of our services that support the IAF’s operational and economic objectives. We believe that our proven experience and strong reputation in this area position us well to cater the needs of additional air forces as they increasingly seek to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of training operations.”
Locally designated the T-6A Efroni, the turboprop-powered platform entered operational service with the IAF in July 2009. AirForces Intelligence data shows that, as of June 22, there are currently 20 examples in service with the air arm.