Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will take part in the Aero India 2021 exhibition, slated to take place between February 3-5 in Bengaluru, India. The Company expects to expand its cooperation with local leaders in integrating strategic state-of-the-art systems for the Indian Ministry of Defence in several fields 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 totaled some $5 billion in the past five years.
IAI has been working with India’s defence industries and armed forces for the past 30 years and the strategic cooperation spans many areas. The company works with local companies and with India’s defence agencies, as well as the navy, air force, army and coast guard. Joint development projects include the MRSAM air defence system, in both its maritime and land-based versions; mission aircraft; various radar systems and UAVs. Cooperation agreements are based on the transfer of technology for the benefit of local production as part of the Indian Government’s ’Make in India’ policy.
Boaz Levy, IAI’s President and CEO, said, “IAI sees India as one of our main partners. This valued partnership is characterised by long-term cooperation, joint development and manufacturing, technology transfer and technical support over decades. During the Covid-19 pandemic, IAI continued bilateral work in India, conducted significant trials in strategic systems like the jointly developed MRSAM Air and Missile defence system and our professional crews in Bengaluru and New-Delhi supported all relevant projects such as UAV’s, radars, air defence and more. In addition, we advanced our mutual partnerships with local Indian industries with no interruption, according to ‘Make in India’ policy.”
At the exhibition, IAI will present a wide variety of strategic defence systems with an emphasis on unmanned aerial systems, among them the Heron TP and Thunder B VTOL. In the loitering-munition category, IAI will present the Rampage, Mini Harpy and Rotem L. The company will also display its Multi Mission Tanker Transport (MMTT), which enables air refueling, cargo, VIP, passengers and ISR systems, as desired by the operator. IAI will also present the mission aircraft for intelligence missions, aerial control and naval surveillance on different platforms-ELW 2090.