F-16I flight trainer delivered to Israel

June 5, 2008 at 9:31 PM

HAIFA, Israel, June 5 (UPI) -- The Israeli air force has received a new flight training simulator for the F-16I Sufa fighter aircraft under a contract with Israel-based Elbit Systems Ltd.

The F-16I Sufa aircrew flight and system trainer, designed by Elbit Systems, was delivered to the IAF Thursday. Officials say the simulating system offers training in both day and nighttime in varying air conditions with a design fully compatible with aircraft avionics and cockpit.

Officials say Elbit has been contracted to develop an F-16B Barak training simulator. The company previously designed a simulator for the F-16A Netz.

"The successful delivery of the simulator for the IAF's most advanced combat aircraft, the F-16I, further strengthens Elbit Systems' position as a leading company in the simulator field in general and in the flight simulator area in particular," Joseph Ackerman, Elbit Systems president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"In order to achieve better efficiency in defense budgets, there is a wider global demand for the use of simulators, which enable air forces and other defense force branches to achieve better performance with the same level of training-hours."

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