JERUSALEM (Sep. 13)
Israel will manufacture an additional series of the local short-take-off-and-landing aircraft “Arava,” it was decided today by the Ministerial Economic Committee headed by Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir. The decision followed a recommendation by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. The committee also decided to continue manufacturing the “Westwing” plane.
The decision followed recent expressions of doubt as to financing and the feasibility of manufacturing of such planes due to drops in sales abroad. But recent agreements with Latin American countries, such as Mexico, for cooperation in the manufacture and export of the aircraft encouraged the committee to adopt Dayan’s suggestion to go ahead with the project.