Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter to at­tend Aero In­dia for the first time


Given the quan­tum of de­fence busi­ness that flies from Is­rael to In­dia, it’s some­thing of a sur­prise that this will be the first time that an Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter will grace an Aero In­dia. Moshe Ya’alon will be at the Ye­la­hanka show this year ac­com­pa­nied by a del­e­ga­tion 100-strong from Is­raeli de­fence in­dus­try, many al­ready well­versed with the In­dian mar­ket, but many look­ing for emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Is­rael’s de­fence ex­ports to In­dia in 2014 amounted to a very healthy $2.5 bil­lion, mak­ing it the third largest sup­plier of ad­vanced mil­i­tary equip­ment to In­dia af­ter Rus­sia and the US.

The visit comes three months af­ter In­dia and Is­rael con­ducted the first test of the Barak-8/LRSAM sur­face-to-air mis­sile sys­tem, a sys­tem ex­pected to see fur­ther testing this year. The Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter’s per­sonal pres­ence at the show this year is also be­ing seen as a show of per­sonal im­por­tance, given that it comes shortly af­ter Rus­sian De­fense Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama both fur­thered bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion with In­dia at re­cent vis­its. The Is­raeli De­fence Min­is­ter and his del­e­ga­tion may con­clude deals up­wards of $1 bil­lion dur­ing his visit to Ben­galuru.

Fif­teen Is­raeli com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing stan­dard at­ten­ders Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries (IAI), Rafael and El­bit, will be at the show this year putting on dis­play an ar­ray of brand new sys­tems and an­nounc­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for tieups with In­dian firms. The com­pa­nies form­ing the Is­raeli pav­il­ion are highly spe­cialised in their so­lu­tions and prod­ucts and will be specif­i­cally look­ing for In­dian part­ners. The com­pa­nies com­ing this year in­clude Ac­cubeat Ltd, which sup­plies fre­quency and time syn­chro­ni­sa­tion prod­ucts based on ru­bid­ium atomic clock (fre­quency stan­dards) and GPS re­ceivers. Aero­maoz Ltd de­vel­ops, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets ruggedised HMI and con­trol sys­tems for com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions. Al Cielo In­er­tial So­lu­tions Ltd spe­cialises in the re­search, devel­op­ment, man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­te­gra­tion of laser tech­nolo­gies and nav­i­ga­tion and con­trol in­er­tial sen­sors. Astro­nau­tics C.A. Ltd is a high-tech de­fence sys­tems sup­plier, with a record bat­tle­field proven prod­ucts within the Is­raeli mil­i­tary, which in­cludes air­borne, naval and ground forces sys­tems and so­lu­tions.

The com­pa­nies from Is­rael this year, as al­ways, will be a healthy mix of Tier-1 and other tier sup­pli­ers of both fully in­te­grated battle so­lu­tions and plat­forms, as well as ad­vanced sub­sys­tems, sen­sors and elec­tron­ics, in ad­di­tion to turnkey up­grade so­lu­tions for ex­ist­ing in­ven­tory of equip­ment in the In­dian armed forces. Sources say the Is­raeli del­e­ga­tions will also be com­ing armed with a slew of uni­lat­eral of­fers for ‘im­prove­ment’ of cer­tain In­dian ar­ma­ment in­ven­to­ries, in­clud­ing ar­tillery, rock­ets, un­guided bombs, avion­ics, he­li­copter sur­viv­abil­ity equip­ment, etc.

For in­stance, Con­trop Pre­ci­sion Tech­nolo­gies Ltd, which has been to Aero In­dia be­fore, spe­cialises in the devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of elec­tro-op­ti­cal infrared (EO/IR) ob­ser­va­tion, scan­ning, re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance sys­tems and so­lu­tions for mil­i­tary, para­mil­i­tary and home­land se­cu­rity ap­pli­ca­tions. Con­trop prod­ucts in­clude day and night cam­era pay­load sys­tems, in­truder de­tec­tion sys­tems for bor­der, coastal and perime­ter se­cu­rity, night vi­sion/ther­mal imag­ing cam­eras, sta­bilised gim­bals and more. Elmo Mo­tion Con­trol Ltd de­signs, man­u­fac­tures and mar­kets servo drives and net­work mo­tion con­trollers for cus­tomers in Is­rael. Op­gal Op­tronic In­dus­tries Ltd is a man­u­fac­turer of ad­vanced infrared ther­mal imag­ing so­lu­tions for the de­fence, se­cu­rity, industrial and avi­a­tion mar­kets. Or­bit Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tems Ltd is a provider of su­pe­rior per­for­mance com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and so­lu­tions for air­borne, mar­itime and ground ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing mar­itime satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions so­lu­tions, earth ob­ser­va­tion and Re­mote Sens­ing ground sta­tions to track LEO and MEO satel­lites, teleme­try sys­tems for track­ing mis­sile launches and air­borne plat­forms, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­age­ment so­lu­tions. Or­bit FR En­gi­neer­ing Ltd pro­vides an­tenna, RCS and radome mea­sure­ment so­lu­tions for the de­fence, aerospace, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, au­to­mo­tive, aca­demic and re­search com­mu­ni­ties. Orion Ad­vanced Sys­tems Ltd, which has been to the show be­fore (for­merly the GED Di­vi­sion of Mo­torola Is­rael Ltd) is a world leader in the de­sign and man­u­fac­ture of fuzes for aerial mu­ni­tions with over 35 years ex­pe­ri­ence. Orion’s fuzes have been qual­i­fied by the Is­raeli Air Force for use with their air­craft and weapons sys­tems and meet their rig­or­ous stan­dard safety re­quire­ments. Orion’s prod­uct range cov­ers the full spec­trum of fuzes for aerial mu­ni­tion.

In the Aero In­dia 2013 show, Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems Ltd dis­played its ‘Game Changer’; com­plete air and mis­sile de­fence sys­tems, in­clud­ing the iron dome – ac­tive de­fence sys­tem against short-range ar­tillery rock­ets; David’s’S Sling ( STUN­NER) – multi-mission, multi-plat­form in­ter­cep­tor; Spy­der SR/MR – fam­ily of short­and medium-range air de­fence sys­tems; Python-5 – Full sphere air-to-air IR mis­sile and air de­fence mis­sile; DERBY – Be­yond vis­ual range air-to-air mis­sile and air de­fence mis­sile; MIC4AD mod­u­lar, in­te­grated C4I air and mis­sile de­fence sys­tem The com­pany is back this year with a healthy ar­ray on show, in­clud­ing some undis­closed new prod­ucts that are cur­rently un­der devel­op­ment. Is­rael Aerospace In­dus­tries Ltd will be putting on dis­play its full in­ven­tory of prod­ucts, in­clud­ing a dummy of the Barak-8 that was tested for the first time in Novem­ber last year. At Aero In­dia 2015, IAI will show­case its wide spec­trum of to­tal so­lu­tions and will con­cen­trate on so­lu­tions tai­lored for In­dia’s spe­cific needs and re­quire­ments. El­bit Sys­tems Ltd, a well-known maker of un­manned air sys­tems and elec­tronic/up­grade so­lu­tions for ex­ist­ing mil­i­tary in­ven­tory—they will have a large pres­ence at the Aero In­dia show this year. El­bit will fo­cus on he­li­copter so­lu­tions, from plat­form up­grades and pi­lot hel­met dis­play sys­tem to he­li­copter pro­tec­tion sys­tems such as DIRCM sys­tems, uni­fied self-pro­tec­tion suites, in­te­grated EW suites and more. El­bit, which in­tro­duced the Her­mes® 900 un­manned air­craft sys­tem in a new con­fig­u­ra­tion adapted to mar­itime mis­sions at the show two years ago, is ex­pected to un­veil some so­lu­tions tar­geted specif­i­cally at In­dia this year.

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