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Roll Out of E-2C Hawkeye Aircraft Refurbished by Israel Aircraft Industries for the Mexican Navy

Jan 21, 2004

The "Roll Out" Ceremony of the first E-2C Hawkeye Aircraft for the Mexican Navy took place on January 21st, 2004 at the facilities of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s Bedek Aviation Group, near Ben-Gurion International Airport, Israel.

The Aircraft is one of three former Israeli Air Force E-2C Aircraft that were sold to Mexico by the Israeli Government through SIBAT, the Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Organization, of Israel's Ministry of Defense.

Bedek Aviation Group is performing the refurbishment and reconditioning of the three Aircraft, including their mission systems.

IAI's Bedek Aviation Group also conducts extensive training courses to the Mexican Navy Air Crews and Ground Crews aimed at qualifying and certifying them in the operation and maintenance of the E-2C A/C upon their arrival to Mexico.

The ceremony was held in the presence of the Ambassador of Mexico to Israel, H.E Andres Valencia, the Mexican Navy Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Alberto Castro Rosas, who is visiting Israel, Maj. Gen (Ret) Yosi Ben Hanan, Director of SIBAT, Mr. Moshe Keret, President and CEO of Israel Aircraft Industries, and high ranking officials from Israel's Ministry of Defense, Israel Air Force and Israel Aircraft Industries.

Director of SIBAT, Maj. Gen. (Ret) Yosi Ben Hanan, said that "Once again, IAI proves its world-class professional abilities by performing a complex upgrade of the Hawkeye aircraft, thus making it usable for the Mexican Navy."

Mexican Navy Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Alberto Castro Rosas, explained that Mexico has a challenge to secure its shores and naval space, which are a target for terrorists. In order to impose full control, the Mexican Navy procured IAI-upgraded Hawkeye aircraft. "We accept, with great pleasure, the aircraft which will soon be operational and will assist us in our missions," said Vice Admiral Rosas.

IAI's President and CEO, Moshe Keret spoke about "The vast experience IAI has in maintenance, refurbishment and upgrading of aircraft, among them the Hawkeye for Mexico, which will surely strengthen the friendly relationship between Mexico and Israel."

For further information, please contact:

Doron Suslik
Deputy Corp. VP for Communications
Tel: 972 (3) 935-8509
Fax: 972 (3) 935-8512

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