This excerpt taken from the ESLT 20-F filed May 28, 2008.
Viper Strike. In 2003, under an order received by ESA from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NG), our semi-active laser seeker was successfully tested with NG’s brilliant anti-tank (BAT) munitions – Viper Strike. Orders for additional units were received through 2006. These munitions are used in connection with the Hunter UAV, the Predator UAV and the AC-130 gunship. New derivatives of this product are being modified for use on other platforms, with ESA is continuing deliveries of Viper Strike seekers through 2008.
Flight Training Services
We provide a range of aircraft flight training solutions and operation of training aircraft on private financing initiative (PFI) and “power by the hour” (PBH) arrangements.
In February 2007, Elbit Systems was awarded a contract to establish a training center for “Tzofit” (King Air B200 Beechcraft) for the IAF. The training center operates through a PFI program, with Elbit Systems providing the IAF a turn-key solution including the establishment of the training center, its operation and the supply of simulators, training services and maintenance for a ten-year period. The IMOD purchases from Elbit Systems flight training hours for the IAF. The center is established on civilian property, and for the first time in Israel such a training center also serves civilian pilots, providing them training in accordance with international aviation requirements while using local flight simulators and facilities.
In 2004, Cyclone was awarded a ten-year contract from the IMOD for the operation and maintenance of the helicopters of the IAF Flight School. Under the contract, which is executed by providing flight hours on a PBH basis, Cyclone provides full maintenance services to the IAF Bell 206 and Bell 209 Cobra AH-1A helicopters.
In 2002, Snunit Aviation Services Ltd., an Israeli company established by Elbit Systems and Cyclone, was awarded a contract for the supply and operation of the Grob 120A light trainer aircraft for the IAF. The contract for operation of the aircraft is for ten years and was the first PFI program adopted by the IAF. Under the PFI concept, we purchase, own, maintain and operate the aircraft and make them available to the IAF, who is charged according to flight hours.
Training and Simulators
We provide tactical, virtual and embedded training and simulation programs offering across-the-board systems engineering and integration expertise applied to a comprehensive line of training and simulation solutions for airborne platforms. These solutions range from mission preparation, through execution, to post-mission debriefing and analysis. Our total solution concept encompasses ground support systems, including mission planning and debriefing for pre-and-post multi-mission rehearsal and review.
Our training systems include virtual training systems such as the Advanced Combat Training System (ACTS) for fixed-wing aircraft and HeliACTS for helicopter crew training. We also supply live, virtual and constructive training systems. In addition, we offer comprehensive simulator support services such as contractor logistics support (CLS), training, manuals and spare parts.
In 2006, Elbit Systems was awarded a contract by the IMOD to supply the avionics simulation system, cockpit and visual system for the IAF’s F-16I aircrew flight and system trainer. This contract is being performed in cooperation with Lockheed Martin and is to be completed over a two-year period. We also supply simulators for aircraft such as the F-16A, F-16C/D, Puma, ALX, F-4E, F-5, Mi-8, Mi-24, Sea-King, MiG-21, IAR 99 and Mirage 2000.
In addition, we supply trainers for land, naval and UAV applications.
Logistic Support Services
We provide logistic support services for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters such as repair, maintenance and supply of spare parts to the IAF and other customers, often as a part of our upgrade and other programs. Acquisitions in recent years have added to our logistic support capabilities for a wide range of aircraft in Israel, the United States, Brazil and for other customers.
Cyclone performs various levels of maintenance services for a number of types of military and commercial aircraft and helicopters. Its facilities near Karmiel, Israel include hangars and a runway. Cyclone also has a license to use another runway and facilities in Israel for aircraft maintenance for the IAF. In May 2007, Cyclone assumed responsibility for maintenance activities for the Israeli Police helicopters on a PBH basis for a two-year period. The maintenance is done at the Police facilities and is subject to the Israeli CAA rules and regulations.
At ESA in Alabama, Georgia and Texas, we repair and maintain electronic systems and components for aircraft, helicopters and ground support equipment for U.S. and other customers. ESA also assists customers in establishing the appropriate level of maintenance and repair close to the user to improve operational readiness. At AEL in Porto Alegre, Brazil, we are implementing a logistic support center for our aircraft modernization programs for the Brazilian Air Force.
In 2007, our revenues from flight training services, services relating to training and simulators and logistic support services were not significant.