From compact, battlefield-launched, eyes in the sky to large, tactical reconnaissance platforms and warhead-armed systems that can loiter for hours before hitting their targets with deadly effect, Israel has led the world in developing unmanned air systems. With know-how created by the need to survey enemy combatants in built-up areas over long periods and strike them with precision, Israel’s industry sells its expertise to governments around the world, often partnering with local companies. Only US players General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman come anywhere near matching the expertise and experience of the likes of Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems, Aeronautics, and a handful of smaller, specialist firms.
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