Israel’s Ministry of Defense has renewed a service contract with Elbit Systems to operate and maintain the Israeli Army’s growing inventory of company-built training systems through 2019.

Concluded in late January, the five-year, 88 million shekel ($24.9 million) award obliges the Haifa-based firm or its certified subcontractors to operate and maintain five different land force training systems deployed at separate sites throughout the country.

Industry and military sources here say the contract includes the firm’s Driving Simulators for Merkava tanks and Namer heavy troop carriers; a Tactical Battle Group Training (TBT) system; Skyrider unmanned aerial vehicle trainers; tank crew trainers; and a newly inaugurated MARS intelligence training simulator for command and control along Israel’s borders.