Israel Aerospace Industries Array of Systems on Show

In the past year, IAI has achieved hundreds of millions of dollars of sales in the Indian market and is expected to expand collaboration with local companies to produce defence systems

Bengaluru Show: Aero India 2017 - Day 1 By R. Chandrakanth

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is expanding its collaboration with local leading companies to integrate strategic state-of-the-art systems for the Indian armed forces in a number of areas and in accordance with the Indian Government’s ‘Make in India’ policy. These collaborations are a direct continuation of IAI’s business deals in India which totalled some $500 million in 2016.

IAI has been working with the Indian defence industries and armed forces for the past 25 years, as part of strategic collaboration in many fields. The company collaborates with local companies and works with India’s defence agencies as well as the Indian Coast Guard, the Indian Navy, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army. Joint development projects include the Barak 8 air defence system, in both its maritime and land-based versions; mission aircraft; various radar systems; and UAVs. Collaboration agreements are based on transfer of technology for the benefit of local production as part of the ‘Make in India’ programme.

Joseph Weiss, IAI’s President and CEO said: “India is one of IAI’s leading markets. This important market is characterised by long-term collaboration, joint development and production, technology transfer and technical support over many years. We are working to continue to maintain this status in the future, despite growing competition. The excellent reputation that IAI has earned among its Indian customers is vitally important to continuing this tradition of successful cooperation.”

IAI is presenting a wide array of strategic defence systems with an emphasis on MRSAM/ LRSAM, in the loitering-munition category, featuring the low-cost Green Dragon, Harpy NG, Harop, and for the first time in India “Rotem” multi-rotor loitering munitions. Moreover, a wide variety of UAVs are on display including the Heron family and the Bird Eye STUAS, which enable a wide variety of intelligence gathering capabilities in various spheres of activity. IAI is also exhibiting strategic radar systems, satellite communication systems, electro-optical systems using high definition technology (M19HD, MOSP3000HDand MINI-POP) — modular systems for command and surveillance that are compact, with stabilised gyros for night and day observation at a competitive price. In addition, IAI is presenting a variety of mission aircraft for intelligence missions, aerial control and naval surveillance on different platforms, such as AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control), ELW 2090, and the B767-MMTT — an aerial refuelling aircraft. IAI is also highlighting its advanced capabilities in the field of cyber.