Elbit Systems looks after Israeli Vipers

Elbit Systems announced on Sunday 4 January 2015 that it was awarded an approximately $90 million USD contract from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) for the maintenance of the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) F-16 avionics systems. The project, to be performed over the next 11 years, will include the establishment of a new and cutting edge maintenance center for the IAF’s squadrons and bases.

Israel is one of the most extensive users of the Lockheed Martin F-16, with over 362 aircraft delivered, ranging from the older basic A and B ‘Netz’ models, to the more sophisticated C and D ‘Barak’ and finally the state-of the-art F-16I ‘Sufa’. All variants are equipped with systems specific for Israel and are still in use today, although numbers of older F-16A and B aircraft have been put aside.

Source: Elbit

An F-16I Sufa from 201 'The One' squadron, based at Ramon airbase. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
An F-16I Sufa from 201 ‘The One’ squadron, based at Ramon airbase. (Image © Elmer van Hest)