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ANALYSIS: Israel Aerospace Industries pushes into commercial market

The Singapore air show remains one of the most important events on the calendar for Israel’s aerospace and defence industry. The island state has been a major customer of Israeli equipment since Israeli Defence Force (IDF) officers helped establish Singapore’s military after independence in 1965. The nations have many similarities – they are small, with populations under 10 million; young, coming into being as independent states within 17 years of each other; and they have the most developed economies in their region. Both countries are also surrounded by previously or potentially antagonistic neighbours, some of which harbour groups or individuals that pose a terrorist threat to their populations. While other Asia-Pacific countries – particularly India – have become increasingly important buyers of Israeli military products, the partnership with Singapore remains highly symbolic, and Israeli companies will have a major presence at Changi.

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