TEL AVIV (Dec. 30)
Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) hopes to have five prototype models of the new Lavie Israeli-designed jet fighter ready for testing by 1986. Line production of the new plane will commence shortly thereafter, following any necessary alterations in light of the test experience.
Brig. Gen. Menahem Eini is leaving the army this weekend to take up a civilian post as director of the Lavie project. He will replace Brig. Gen. Amos Lapidot, who has just been appointed commander of the Israel Air Force, in place of Maj. Gen. David Ivri, who leaves the army today after 30 years of military service. Ivri has been chairman of the Board of IAI.