Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 3 February it has received a $240 million (€217 million) contract to manufacture wings for the US Air Force’s T-38 jet trainer aircraft.

IAI has been producing T-38 wings generating strong customer satisfaction since 2011 – a factor that contributed to this latest large award. In service with the USAF since the 1960s, the T-38s required the replacement wings to remain operational for the next several years. IAI met the significant technological challenge seamlessly, while keeping the fleet operational.

Winning the new contract is further validation of the trust and appreciation the US Air Force has for IAI’s Aero-Structures. IAI is a centre of excellence in the manufacturing of wings for the F-16, F-35 and T-38. We will continue to provide wings of the highest quality, meeting our customer’s quality and schedule,” stated IAI Executive VP and General Manager of the Aviation Group, Yossi Melamed.

Established in the US for over 25 years, IAI has significant revenues in the US aerospace and defense market, as well as a large supply chain in 44 states. This contract, as well as current merger and acquisition activity, are representative of the company’s continued commitment and growth in the US.

Wingsets for the T-38 contract will be manufactured by IAI's LAHAV Aerostructures business. (Photo: IAI)

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