Elbit Systems to increase IAF training capability with new simulation solutions

By Arie Egozi

The Israel Ministry of Defense signed an agreement with Elbit Systems to expand the Mission Training Center (MTC) at the Hatzor Air Force Base containing flight training simulators for F-15 and F-16 aircraft.

The expanded center will enable the IAF to simulate different combat scenarios, based on new operational requirements that stems from the evolving threats Israel faces .

The new training center, which will serve as infrastructure for future training platforms, will allow double the amount of flight training hours while reducing in-air flight costs. The center will also enable joint Ground and Air Force training in the future.

The flight training center is essential in ensuring the fighter pilots’ operational capabilities and provides advanced training and flight-simulating experience by incorporating cutting-edge display systems. These systems allow a wide range of flight simulations, including basic familiarization with the aircraft, emergency situations, preparation for operational scenarios and missions, and more.

Deputy Director General and Head of the Directorate of Production and Procurement, Avi Dadon said the this center will significantly upgrade the scope of the Air Force’s training capabilities while potentially absorbing future additional training platforms.

IAF Chief of Air Staff, Brig. Gen. Eyal Grinboim said that the IAF continues to develop and strengthen its competence in the face of future challenges. As part of this effort, the fighter aircraft array’s Mission Training Center will be expanded. “This will be done in order to strengthen the competence of the aircrew and the IAF as a whole, while also generating economic efficiency.”

General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace, Yoram Shmuely said that Armed forces around the world are reshaping their training capabilities while striving to improve combat readiness and efficiency. “This contract awarded emphasizes Elbit Systems leading position as a provider of advanced mission training systems.”



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