Opportunities for Industrial Cooperation in Israel
Unique Aerospace Prowess

Israel is one of only eight nations in the world with an independent space-launch capability.
The country's national aeronautical corporation – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has led the country's space program, and launched six communication and intelligence satellites. IAI has also developed the Arrow, the world's firstever Anti-Tactical Ballistic Missile system. IAI is a global leader in developing and marketing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In the civilian sector the company has developed executive aircraft and systems to upgrade and convert a broad range of aircraft and helicopters. Led by IAI's pioneering example and often strategic partnerships with the company, the country has developed a flourishing aerospace industry with capabilities in the hightech systems required by aircraft and satellites.
The country's aerospace industry has been able to benefit from a close relationship with the Israeli Air Force (IAF). Historically it has been the success of the IAF and its superiority in the air, which has led the Israel Defense Forces to victory. New aerospace systems and sub-systems developed in Israel have the advantage of being immediately tested by the IAF, sometimes in real-time mission and operational conditions, providing a stream of feedback to local developers and manufacturers.
IAI's space and missile achievements include the Shavit launcher, the OFEQ Imaging Satellite and Amos Communication Satellite and, in cooperation with the U.S., the Arrow missile. An agreement has been signed between IAI and Boeing for establishing a production infrastructure for manufacturing Arrow missile components. Spacecom, controlled by Eurocom, operates Israel's AMOS satellites.
Other Israeli firms like Elbit Systems also specialize in aerospace systems. These systems include space and airborne reconnaissance systems, UAVs, space cameras and thermal imaging systems, and the production of structural components and parts for the world's leading aerospace companies. This includes, through its subsidiary Cyclone Aviation Products, upgrading a wide range of fixed wing and rotor aircraft and helicopters including the F-4, F-5, F-15, F-16 and MiG-21 fighter aircraft, the CH-53, Super Cobra, Super Puma and V-22 helicopters and L-39 and ALX trainers. These upgrade programs have become increasingly significant in recent years as air forces worldwide are faced by ongoing budget cuts, while coming under increasing pressure to integrate the latest technological systems into existing fleets of aircraft.
Israel's budget-oriented upgrade packages are able to improve an aircraft's capabilities, while lengthening its life-cycle, and lowering a pilot's workload.
Israeli firms have undertaken these projects on a turnkey basis from conception through to implementation and subsequent maintenance for both the Israel Air Force and overseas air forces.
Israel's aerospace industry also provides a broad range of leading edge components, accessories, materials and technologies to the world's major aircraft manufacturers. Products on offer include the most advanced radar systems developed by IAI's subsidiary Elta Systems Group, satellite and other innovative communication systems, glass cockpits, electrooptics optical systems, advanced propulsion.
Smart weapons systems include the Python 4 and 5 and Derby missiles, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which are considered to be the world's most advanced air-to-air missile.
Other products in the Israeli arsenal include laser-guided bombs and missiles and kits converting conventional weapons and bombs into smart weapons systems. Israel is also a world leader in search and rescue systems, armament management systems, mission computers, navigation equipment, cockpit displays, electronic warfare systems, avionic suites and airborne self protection systems. Rafael also develops microsatellites and propulsion systems for the OFEQ and AMOS satellites.
IAI has also led the local aerospace industry, and the world, in developing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The Hermes, for example, is a long range UAV for intelligence gathering purposes, while the Harpi, is an attack UAV. The new generation of UAVs currently being developed will include Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs), just 20 centimeters in size as well as UAVs with the capabilities of making vertical take offs and landings and improved control by using ground or airborne relay.
Israel Military Systems Industries (IMI) specializes in rocket systems and through its subsidiary Ashot Ashkelon Industries produces long and short shafts for jet engines, products for aircraft high-lift systems, and switchboxes for the aerospace industry.
Following 9/11, IAI has developed homeland defense products including Flight Guard which when installed on aircraft offers a proven civil aviation selfprotection system to combat terrorist missile attacks.
Israel is also strong in the civilian aerospace sector.
Bet Shemesh Engines manufactures jet engine parts and also specializes in aircraft engine refurbishing.
Blades Technology International (BTI) manufactures high quality jet engine fan, compressor and turbine blades and Techjet Aerofoils, a joint venture between BTI and Rolls Royce is a world leader in the development and manufacture of compressor aerofoils. The company's products are based on state-of-the-art technology and automation, ensuring ultimate quality through controlled processes. T.A.T. Technologies develops and manufactures a range of aerospace products including heat management and cooling systems.
Carmel Forge, owned by Pratt and Whitney, is a forging house producing a wide range of both Titanium and Nickel Alloy parts for jet aircraft.
IAI also has a major presence in the commercial sector where it designs, develops and manufactures mid-size executive jets, develops and produces primary aero-structure assemblies, landing gear, servo-control and actuator systems as an OEM. IAI also converts passenger aircraft for cargo use and vice-versa.
Elbit Systems Cyclone Ltd. designs and produces metal and composite structural aircraft components and parts for leading aerospace companies and OEMs. Cyclone designs and produces unique assemblies for civil and military aircraft such as the Boeing 737 to 787 commercial aircraft and the Airbus 340.
And the F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft.
Other companies in Israel's private aerospace sector include CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd., which specializes in the development and production of electro-optical and precision motion control systems for helicopters, UAVs and light aircraft.
Elisra Electronic Systems has developed EW systems which are installed in over 30 types of fixed and rotary winged aircraft, while its sister company, Tadiran Spectralink, also part of Elisra Group, produces advanced wireless communication systems for a variety of airborne platforms and RADA Electronic Industries develops and manufactures core avionic systems, ground information management and debriefing systems and automatic test equipment and Astronautics C.A., an Israeli subsidiary of the U.S.
Company is a multi disciplinary high-tech firm supplying complete solutions for navigation guidance for aircraft, missiles and spacecraft.
The 20th century saw the decisive battle front move from land and sea to the air and even space.
This process will be certain to intensify during the 21st century with an even more pressing need for technological systems, which are smarter, more efficient and cost effective in both the military and commercial sectors.

Produced By: Daniel Uzan Media & Communications