It’s time for is my latest Good News Friday installment:
Our first item for this week is from Israel’s hi-tech and security industries: Globes reports that Elbit Systems has won a huge $50 million deal for the US Navy:
M7 Aerospace LLC, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. [...] has been awarded a $50 million contract from BAE Systems to provide logistics support for the US navy aircraft training program.
The company announced today that M7 Aerospace will be working with BAE Systems to provide logistics support for the T-34, T-44, and T-6 aircraft under a contract awarded to BAE Systems by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Under its NAVAIR contract, BAE Systems awarded M7 Aerospace a subcontract of about $50 million to be undertaken over a five-year period.
ESA president and CEO Raanan Horowitz said, “We are pleased to team with BAE Systems for this opportunity and to serve the United States Chief of Naval Air Training. At ESA, our mission is to develop innovative solutions that protect and save out warfighters’ lives. With this opportunity we are providing mission capable, safe-for-flight aircraft for our nation’s warriors as they train for the future.”
Kol hakavod to Elbit for its innovations, and kudos to both the US Navy and BAE Systems for having the insight to realise the quality and reliability of Israeli products.
From the air we move to the sea, with the excellent news that Israeli windsurfers took top places in the world championships in Brazil:
Windsurfer Lee Korzits won gold at the world championships in Brazil on Wednesday, with fellow Israeli Maayan Davidovich trailing close behind in third.
It marked the first time in history that the blue-and-white delegation had two representatives on the same podium, and highlighted a strong performance in which two of the men also placed in the top 10.
Korzits left competitors in her wake en route to her third consecutive gold medal in the premier tournament outside of the Olympic Games, as she secured the victory before the final race.
The windsurfer was close to a medal at the London 2012 Summer Games in August, but a bad final race pushed her down to sixth place.
The 29-year-old Korzits, who in 2009 overcame a serious spinal injury that nearly killed her, won her first world championships in 2003, becoming the youngest person ever to take the gold at the prestigious competition.
Davidovich entered the medal race tied for second, but a ninth place finish in the last event dropped her into third. It was the 24-year-old’s first medal at the world championships, though she has won medals in a number of other international competitions over the years.
Israeli men also fared well at the meet, though stellar performances by the British team pushed them out of the medal zone. Nimrod Mashiah finished in sixth place and Shahar Zubari came in seventh.
Mazal tov to Lee Korzits on her wonderful performance, and to Maayan Davidovich for her 3rd place win too. Kol hakavod to Korzits on overcoming such adversity. She should be an example to all sportsmen and women everywhere.
My last item for today is a video of yet another flash-mob. This one though is very special and rather different from other flash-mobs you may have seen previously – here you will see students of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance entertaining patients and workers at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. (h/t Israellycool).
Watch and enjoy!
Shabbat Shalom everyone!