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Elbit supports Romanian trainer aircraft
Elbit Systems is to provide advanced avionics systems and its live training Embedded Virtual Avionics system for installation on the IAR-99 Falcon trainer aircraft, under a $27 million contract from Romanian OEM Avioane Craiova.
The Israeli company added on 14 December that it will also supply undisclosed close air support and air-to-air capabilities to ‘facilitate an effective transition of RoAF [Romanian Air Force] pilots to the operation of advanced fighter aircraft such as the F-16’.
Romania operates a fleet of second-hand F-16s procured from Portugal.
Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace, noted: ‘This upgrade programme follows a range of technologies delivered by Elbit Systems to the RoAF in collaboration with Romanian companies, including large-scale upgrades for various fixed-wing aircraft as well as the supply of advanced capabilities for rotary-wing aircraft.’
Shephard Defence Insight notes that the RoAF intends to purchase around 20 IAR-99 TD aircraft to replace its IAR-99 Falcon fleet, which has been in service since 1987.
IAR-99 TD is developed jointly by Avioane Craiova and the Romanian National Institute for Aerospace Research.
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