Elbit Wins Contract to Upgrade C-26 Aircraft


Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems announced today that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, has been awarded a $7.5 million contract to perform modifications on U.S. Naval Test Pilot School’s (USNTPS) C-26 aircraft.

Upgrades are scheduled to be completed by September 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

Elbit Systems of America, the Type Certificate holder for the C-26, has been selected to install an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) upgrade and a Finmeccanica, Vixen 500E AESA radar on the Navy’s C-26 aircraft.

USNTPS trains experienced pilots, Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) and engineers to become qualified test pilots, test flight officers and flight test engineers that support test and evaluation programs. Graduates of the school must meet the test and evaluation requirements of the U.S. Navy and other Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) activities in all U.S. military services, other U.S. government agencies, civilian industry and many other nations.

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