The Boeing Company recently delivered the 100th modified T-38 jet trainer aircraft to the United States Air Force. Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s Lahav Division, a major partner and subcontractor to Boeing, participated with Boeing in winning the T-38 Avionics Upgrade program in November 1996.
Lahav worked with Boeing during the Development Phase of the Contract as the System Integrator and in the current Production Phase Lahav is responsible for the Supply and Support of a major part of the Upgraded Avionics System, coordinating seven subcontractors located both in Israel and the United States. These Systems include Astronautics Corporation of America's Mission & Display Processor and El-OP's Head-Up Display.
"The delivery of the 100th upgraded T-38 aircraft to the U.S. Air Force is a major milestone in the Program. We are very proud to be partnered with Boeing on this program," said Mr. David Dagan, Lahav's General Manager.
The U.S. Air Force accepted delivery of the 100th aircraft at the Boeing Modification Facility, located at Williams Gateway Airport, Arizona.
More than 500 T-38 aircraft are scheduled to be upgraded by 2008. These Aircraft are intended to fly through 2040, while the current Contractor Logistic Support of the supplied components is expected to continue, at least, through 2005.
Lahav's success as Boeing's partner in the T-38 Avionics Upgrade program led to a contract between Lahav and a NATO country Air Force for the upgrade of its F-5 aircraft. In addition, several other operators of T-38s have expressed interest in upgrading their fleet of aircraft.