TEL AVIV (Sep. 27)
The Defense Ministry gave Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) permission Friday to complete a third prototype of the Lavi fighterplane in order to develop a new avionics system incorporated into the aircraft. The Lavi project was cancelled by the government last month.
The approval will allow IAI to employ several hundred engineers and technicians whose jobs would have been terminated otherwise. The company plans to produce avionics systems for installation in existing war planes, a rapidly expanding market, Al Hamishmar reported. The third Lavi prototype will be ready for test flights by the middle of next year.