The Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. has won a € 43 million contract from the Macedonian government to set up a training facility for military and police pilots.
Elbit Systems will set up a training center for military and police helicopter pilots in Macedonia. The order includes not only includes the required construction works, but also the procurement of simulators, aircraft and the operation for eight years. The purpose of the facility will be the training of new pilots, as well as the continuing education of active staff.
The Macedonian Air Force consists mainly of helicopters, a purchase of aircraft for air defense is currently not planned, because the country plans to depend in this regard on its future NATO membership.
The Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems has a global presence through various projects. Amongst others, the company has also received a 18 million dollar contract to upgrade the fleet Romanian Air Force C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The most recent coup was the sale of Hermes 900 drones for aerial reconnaissance to Chile.
The Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has service ceiling of 10,000 meters, a maximum operating time of 30 hours and can carry a half-tonne payload in form of reconnaissance sensors. The Hermes 900 is also used by the Israeli Defence Force.
(Sources: Elbit Systems Ltd, ‘Globes’)