Elbit Systems of America Celebrates Opening of New Repair Facility

Elbit Systems of America, LLC and the Logistic Center Woensdrecht (Netherlands Ministry of Defense) celebrated the official opening of the Elbit Systems of America Avionics Repair facility on the Logistics Center Woensdrecht Avionics Depot in a ceremony at Rhenen, Avionics Cluster the Netherlands. The presence of this Elbit facility on the Logistics Center depot marks the official beginning of an agreement signed earlier this year and is intended to foster growth of the Logistic Center Woensdrecht and Elbit Systems of America current support capability for The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and other countries. The Elbit Systems of America and Logistic Center Woenstrecht partnership is aimed at further improvement of the support of the RNLAF fleet as well as broadening regional Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities with other OEMs to support military and civilian aircraft in Europe. Elbit Systems of America has entered into the work share supporting RNLAF aircraft and performing third party repairs for F-16s and various other aircraft including helicopters. An integral part of enhancing regional support for military and civilian aircraft avionics is increased involvement of the Dutch Industry, including Elbit Systems of America's long standing relationship with Daedalus Aviation and a recent teaming agreement between International Enterprises Incorporated, a division of Elbit Systems America and Thales Netherlands. The Logistic Center Woensdrecht is a defense agency and center of expertise for (air) weapon systems, communication systems and mission support. The Logistic Center Woensdrecht provides logistics, system integration, maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade, and supports the operational users and other partners by creating synergy between its technical and logistical expertise, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Elbit Systems of America already provides support to the RNLAF fleet through a combination of Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts. "Adding another facet to our relationship with Elbit Systems of America ensures we have an industry leader on our team with highly experienced avionics repair capability and support for our Dutch aircraft" said Air Commodore Peter Ort, Director of the Logistic Center Woensdrecht, Directorate of Materiel Organization, Netherlands Ministry of Defense. "This agreement further improves the support to the RNLAF and moves us closer to the Dutch government's vision for a 'Maintenance Valley' that provides for a 'one-stop-shop' regional hub to support military and civilian aircraft MRO activities." Elbit Systems of America President and Chief Executive Officer, Raanan Horowitz, commented, "Elbit Systems of America is pleased to provide support solutions to the RNLAF. Our new location at the LCW will enable us to leverage the tremendous expertise and track record of the depot. The work performed through this partnership will provide critical mission capability and reliability to our military partners and help grow the Netherlands plan for a regional MRO and center of excellence."
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Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.
Date: Nov 8, 2011