Opportunities for Industrial Cooperation and Investment in Israel
Innovation Enhances Israel’s Aerospace Capabilities

By integrating its world famous high-tech capabilities into the aerospace industry, Israel has becomeone of only eight nations in the world with anindependent space-launch capability. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has many satellites deployed in space and offers observation, communications, scientifi satellites, launchers and ground services. With the latest members of OPTSAT imaging satellites line, TECSAR - Synthetic Aperture Radar observation Satellites and AMOS communications satellites, IAI provides top performance with compact and small satellites, offering cost effective solutions for national security and commercial applications.

The country’s aerospace industry has been able to benefi from a close relationship with the Israeli Air Force (IAF)
Missile Defense
IAI has also led the development of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense, as the prime contractor for the Arrow 2 and 3 missile defense systems and provider of key sensors for other air and missile defense systems. IAI has a strategic agreement with Boeing for establishing a production infrastructure for manufacturing Arrow missile components. IAI is also leading the Barak 8 program, providing an advanced long range air and missile defense for land base and naval combatants.
The country’s aerospace industry has been able to benefi 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.
Other Israeli fims like Elbit Systems also specialize in aerospace systems. These systems include space and airborne reconnaissance systems, UAVs, space cameras and thermal imaging systems, helmet mounted 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 fied wing and rotor aircraft and helicopters including the F-4, F-5, F-15, F-16 and MiG-21 fihter aircraft, the CH-53, Super Cobra, Super Puma and V-22 helicopters and L-39 and ALX trainers. These upgrade programs have become increasingly signifiant 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 flets of aircraft.

Israel’s budget-oriented upgrade packages are able to improve an aircraft’s capabilities, while lengthening its lifecycle, and lowering a pilot’s work-load. Israeli fims 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, electro-optics optical systems, advanced propulsion.
Israel’s budgetoriented upgrade packages are able to improve an aircraft’s capabilities, while lengthening its life-cycle, and lowering a pilot’s work-load
Another Israeli leader in this sector is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which develops rocket motors, warheads and pyrotechnics, and naval decoys as well as space propulsion systems, already in use in the OFEK and EROS satellites, as well as on the French Proteus and Myriade. Rafael also specializes in air superiority missile defense systems and has developed the rocket motor for the “Arrow” anti-ballistic missile. In the fild of missile defense, the company has also developed David’s Sling: an air defense system designed to intercept medium range missiles developed in cooperation with Raytheon USA; and Iron Dome, the renowned air defense system for interception of short-medium range rockets, which has neutralized much of the rocket threat from Gaza and Southern Lebanon. Under development is the laser-based iron beam system for the shortest range rockets. Rafael is also responsible for SPYDER, an air-defense system, based on its advanced air-to-air Python-5 and Derby missiles, and for Barak – a naval point defense system.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Israel Aerospace Industries and Elbit Systems have also led the local aerospace industry, and the world, in developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. Elbit’s Hermes 900, for example, features overthe-horizon, persistent multi-mission, multi-payload capabilities with class leading payload carrying capacity of 350 kgs. The Hermes 900 is capable of performing missions for area dominance, persistent intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR). IAI’s Heron is designed as multi-payload, multi-mission platform and presents a versatile robust, all weather capability.
Aeronautics manufactures and supplies state of the art Unmanned Systems, integrating surveillance equipment and network information technologies in a range of unmanned systems for land, surface and air.
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.

Civilian Aerospace Sector
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 has a major presence in the commercial sector where it designs, develops and manufactures mid-size executive jets
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 fihter aircraft. Other companies in Israel’s private aerospace sector include CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd., which specializes in the development and production of electrooptical 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 fied 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 debriefig systems and automatic test equipment and Astronautics C.A., an Israeli subsidiary of the U.S. Company is a multi disciplinary high-tech fim supplying complete solutions for navigation guidance for aircraft, missiles and spacecraft.

Smarter and More Efficient
The 20th century saw the decisive battle front move from land and sea to the air and even space. This process is intensifying during the 21st century with an even more pressing need for technological systems, which are smarter, more effiient and cost effective in both the military and commercial sectors.

Produced By: Daniel Uzan Media & Communications