An Israeli aviation company is reportedly planning to introduce its first pair of avionics for the Israeli Air Force, citing “unresolved” problems with the Boeing 737 MAX, according to Haaretz.
The company, Avion Aviation, has been working with the Air Force since 2014 to develop avionics, according its website.
Avion said that the company was “deeply disappointed” that it was unable to “work with Bose Aviation to resolve the issues.”
Avion, which has received over $2 billion in funding from the Israeli government, also said that it has “not received any information about the anticipated availability of the first avionics system,” which is due to launch in 2019.
Avions chief executive Yoram Ben-Ari told the Jerusalem Post that the Avion team had “finally come up with a solution” to the issues with the Bose 737 MAX.
“Avion is currently working on the development of the avionics and has not received any updates about the expected availability of these systems,” Ben-Aria told the newspaper.
“We are also working on several technical issues that will require additional research and testing.”
The Avion Avionics system would “enable the avionic pilots to operate without the need for the pilot to sit still,” Ben Ari told Haaretz, according the newspaper’s report.
“The avionics will also enable the pilot and the pilot-in-command to work together without having to stand still.”
The first batch of avionic avionics would be manufactured by Avion.
Avionics will be offered in pairs, which can each be configured to function separately.
According to Avion, it has a “multi-pilot” capability that allows pilots to use one system to operate both the aircraft and their own systems.
Avionic pilots could theoretically operate two aircraft simultaneously.
But according to Avions website, “Avion Aviation pilots must be able to operate the aircraft safely without having the pilot sitting still.”
Avionics would also enable pilots to fly in “high-altitude flight,” where the aircraft would “fly very low, at least 3,000 meters (9,600 feet) above sea level, and without taking off or landing in the water.”
Avions website also noted that the avion avionics could be used in “low-flying flight,” in which “the pilot is required to remain still and not fly until the pilot’s feet are on the ground.”
Aviation companies are increasingly investing in avionics to replace the Baserion avionic systems used by the Israeli Navy, Air Force and Army.
In 2017, a company called Avion Airplanes, which manufactures the Aviator and Aviator Plus avionics systems, unveiled plans to produce two pairs of aviators that would be sold to the Israeli military.
Aviance also announced that it had secured a contract to supply avionics equipment to the Israel Air Force in 2020.
The IDF has recently begun to buy avionics from other companies to upgrade its avionics.
In 2018, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced plans to buy two avionics products from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems.
The Israeli Air Forces, which are part of the Israel Defense Forces, began purchasing Avion avionionics in 2019, but the company said in a statement that it did not receive any updates on the anticipated delivery date.
Aviation firms are often criticized for lacking transparency, and the Israeli aviation industry has been criticized for not making full disclosures about their avionics contracts.
Last month, Israel Airports Authority chief, Maj. Gen. Roni Dahan, criticized the Israel’s Aviation Industry Corporation for not disclosing the number of aviator contracts.