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IAI receives $350m order for special mission aircraft delivery

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Israel Aerospace Industries announced it has received a $350 million contract for the delivery of a special mission aircraft to an undisclosed European country.

IAI said the contract would be executed by IAI’s ELTA Systems. The company has delivered a number of special mission aircraft to Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and other international customers.

The contract announcement also comes after the company delivered two Gulfstream G-550 aircraft modified with ELTA Systems to the Italian Air Force in 2016 and 2017.

“As part of IAI’s strategy, we are bolstering our presence in Europe for leveraging our business and extending cooperation. Europe represents a strategic business region for IAI, and we will continue to broaden our products and services to bring our unique technologies to the benefit of our customer’s evolving operational requirements,” Gideon Landa, ELTA VP and GM Airborne Systems, said.

IAI/ELTA offers four different aircraft configurations, including airborne early warning & control (AEWC), air to ground surveillance, maritime patrol and signals intelligence.

The AEWC uses AESA radar and IFF, SIGINT and communication systems to generate and disseminate an air and maritime situational picture. It also contains an air battle management and strike aircraft guidance system. IAI said it has entered into cooperation agreements with Airbus and Embraer to develop and market additional AEW&C aircraft variants.