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Beechcraft Tzofit simulation centre for Israeli Air Force

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Elbit Systems
: 30 November, 2009  (Application Story)
A training centre for Israeli Air Force pilots of the Beechcraft Tzofit aircraft including advanced simulation has been established by Elbit Systems
Beechcraft Tzofit simulation centre for Israeli Air Force
Elbit Systems has inaugurated the Beechcraft King Air B200 'Tzofit' training centre for Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots. At the heart of the training centre is an advanced flight simulator.

The new training centre is operated through a PFI (Private Financing Initiative) program, with an inclusive Elbit Systems solution that includes the establishment of the training centre, its operation, and the supply of trainers and training services, as well as maintenance for a 10-year period. The Israel Ministry of Defence will purchase training hours for the IAF from Elbit Systems.

As the IAF's pilots commence training at the facility, Elbit Systems is planning an extensive training program that will also include civil aviation pilots, both from Israel and from abroad. Elbit Systems expects in the near future to conclude the licensing process for the training of civil aviation pilots, the highest FAA licensing level for flight trainers (Full Flight Simulator Level D).

Elbit Systems operates within the global simulator market and supplies systems for all types of platforms, including those for air, land and naval applications, as well as interdisciplinary simulators to enable joint forces training. Elbit Systems utilizes its advanced technological capabilities, particularly in developing software for complex system programs, and its global leadership in upgrading defence and civilian platforms

Elbit Systems was selected by the IDF as prime contractor for this project. The trainer was jointly developed with the Canadian company Mechtronix, which operates as sub-contractor in the project.

Received by the IAF in 1990, the Tzofit is a civilian business jet manufactured by Beechcraft which has been converted for military use. The first aircraft was manufactured in 1973 and is used worldwide for transportation, passengers' transfer, weather exploration and communication and marine reconnaissance missions. The IAF employs the aircraft in various missions.

The Tzofit's maximum cruising altitude is 31,000 feet, its maximum range 3,254 Km and its maximum cruising speed is 289 knots.

Following its acquisition by the IAF, advanced systems, manufactured in Israel, have been installed onboard the aircraft, which enhance IAF's capabilities, significantly prolong the aircraft's cruise range and facilitate its special missions.
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