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Macedonia and Israel’s Elbit Sign Agreement for a Pilot Training Centre January 4, 2011

Posted by Yilan in Israel, Macedonia.
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The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia and the Israeli company Elbit signed an agreement on December 28, 2010, for opening of the Pilot Training Centre after two years of detailed analyses of the aviation WING and the ARM needs.

The Centre will educate pilots for the needs of the MOD and the MOI, as well as for the needs of the other state institutions. This is first Centre of this type in the SEE countries and the benefits are expected to become visible in several years when it is planned to grow into a Regional centre.

According to the Defence Minister Zoran Konjanovski, this project means education excellent investment and security, as well as capital for the Republic of Macedonia and its justification will be evident in only several years.

The Ministry of Defence, that is, the Republic of Macedonia in the following eight years enters the pilot training project with 5.3 million Euros, while the other part, which according to Konjanovski is classified in a way as “state secret” compliant to the agreement will be covered by the Israeli Elbit. The agreement specifies that following the envisioned eight partner years, the overall equipment and technical assets will be transferred to the MOD, that is, the Republic of Macedonia.

The expectations for next year are start of the training of the first generation of pilots in the Centre and at the beginning the training will be carried out by instructors from Elbit, and then this role will be gradually taken over by Macedonian personnel – instructors.

“This project means a step forward in comparison with many NATO member states. In the upcoming period the overall required infrastructure for the Centre will be constructed – hangars, classrooms and simulators,” stated Konjanovski.

Dragan Nedelkovski from the aviation WING of the ARM, who has been involved in the analysis process, emphasized that the operational, that is, technical personnel in the WING will be able for the first time to focus on their operational tasks.

“To date, in addition to the operational tasks, the overall pilot educational process was also carried out, which is a very responsible task for a small composition such as ours and its took a lot of energy of the pilots who were engaged in the execution of their daily tasks,” underlined Nedelkovski.

To date, the training per pilot cost over one million Euros.



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