Steve Nichols

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) saw a 26% increase in sales last year which was "unprecedented in IAI's history", says Moshe Keret, the company's president and chief executive.

Shimon Eckhaus, vice-president of Marketing at IAI, says these results are the product of steps taken by IAI to improve its performance in international markets.

This was demonstrated by focusing on specific business niches and investing concerted effort in key international bids.

This strategy was formed in order to help IAI (Stand A839 in the Israel Pavillion) gain the maximum benefit from its marketing and technological advantages, and to highlight the fact it could offer a wide variety of solutions.

"We believe that this growth trend will continue, and have set a goal for ourselves of $2.65 billion in new contracts for the year 2000," says Eckhaus.

At Asian Aerospace its display includes:

Ofeq 3 - a satellite developed in the MBT Division of IAI. Harpy - an assault UAV, which locates, attacks and destroys missile batteries and radar sites. Lahat - a laser-guided missile developed for anti-tank and anti-helicopter missions. EL/M 2032 - an airborne, multi-mission, fire-control radar by Elta, adapted for aircraft attack in air-to-air and air-to-surface missions (ground and sea). Sentry - a tactical UAV for the division or brigade.

Elta, a subsidiary of IAI, has also announced that it is to be preferred tenderer to provide the EL/L-8222 electronic warfare (EW) jamming pod for the Royal Australian Air Force General Dynamics F-111.

The EL/L-8222 is an ECM jamming pod with an internal integral receiver. Its main task is to increase survivability of the aircraft during operations in hostile electromagnetic weapon systems environments.


Elta's EW self-protection systems are installed and in active service with the Israeli Air Force and additional foreign Air Forces, and were operationally proven to deliver highly efficient protection against lethal surface and airborne threats.

They are operationally flown on the Boeing F-15, Lockheed Martin F-16, McDonnell Douglas A-4, Mil MiG-21, Northrop F-5, Panavia Tornado and Sepecat Jaguar.

Elta has also begun serial production of the multi-mode airborne fire control radar (FCR). The FCR was developed for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Turkish Upgrade Programme. Elta's share in the programme is valued at about $150 million.

Elta's EL/M-2032 is flying operationally onboard Kfir, Mirage, F-5, MiG21 aircraft, and is planed to fly on the F-16 Avionics Capabilities Enhancement (ACE) used for demonstrations to customers interested in Mid-Life Upgrade to their F-16s.

The company has also developed a new high performance Synthetic Aperture Radar with Moving Target Indication (SAR/MTI) as a payload for Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV).

Source: Flight Daily News