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Elbit Systems to establish Mission Planning Center for Israeli Air Forces fighter pilots

Elbit Systems : 27 July, 2009  (New Product)
Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defence for the establishment of a mission planning center for the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) pilots of F-16C/D and F-16I fighter aircraft.
The center will be operated through a PFI (Private Financing Initiative) concept, and will include, among others, a development phase as well as instruction and maintenance services for a duration of 15 years. The project is valued at approximately $55 million, subject to necessary approvals during the project.

The new mission planning center marks a significant breakthrough in the operational training sector. The system enables training in various mission scenarios in varying war zones and in the relevant threat environment of each war zone, a new training capability which has not yet been available to the IAF.

The core of the training center is the 'Mission Planning' system, a unique system that enables coordinated training between the various trainees, both within the IAF and at an interoperable level. The IAF teams will be able to train in formations of pairs, foursomes and octads, with full supervision of flight inspectors, who will take a central part in the training sessions. The system will enable integration with other training systems operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), such as trainers for Helicopter pilots, UAV operators and ground forces. In addition, the new system will enable coordinated training in mission scenarios, notwithstanding the geographical distance between the different trainers.

With its high quality operational training capabilities, the new center will allow the IAF to operate some of the training sorties onboard the trainers, instead of the fighter jets, thus allowing maximized use of existing resources.

Ran Hellerstein, Co-General Manager of Elbit Systems' Aerospace Division, noted: 'The mission planning system was developed in line with the modern combat doctrine that calls for the operation of multiple forces and thus requires interoperable training. We take great pride in the IDF's selection and trust that Elbit Systems' vast experience in the training of air and ground forces and UAV operators, as well as our interoperability aptitude and accumulated experience in private funding initiatives, will result in the most suitable solution for the IDF.'
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