from the June 2009 issue

Next-generation Israeli UAVs to take off in Paris

Israel will unveil its ambulance UAV for evacuating wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Israel will make its 24th appearance at the Paris Air Show - Le Bourget that will open its centenary exhibition on June 15. 18 Israeli companies and organizations will participate, 12 of them at the Israel Chalet organized by the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute at a cost of NIS 6 million. Six companies will have their own stands.

Export Institute chairman David Arzi said that, this year, the Israeli exhibition will emphasize avionics, and unmanned systems that represent the concept of the future, and which are at the forefront of international technology. Israel will also unveil several new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including helicopters, mini UAVs with electric motors that are carried and operating by individual infantrymen, light tactical UAVs, mid-sized UAVs with proven operational experience and simultaneously operate a range of sensors, and large strategic UAVs with wingspans the size of passenger planes.

Israel will also unveil its ambulance UAV for evacuating wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

The companies at the Israel Chalet are Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Rada Electronic Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: RADA), Aeronautics Ltd., Bental Industries Ltd., Plasan Sasa Ltd., Kanfit Ltd., Controp Precision Technologies Ltd., TAT Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:TATTF; TASE:TATTF), Urban Aeronautics Ltd., and Amicell - Amit Industries Ltd.. SIBAT Ministry of Defense Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Organization will also be at this chalet.

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) will have its own chalet next to the national one.

Other Israeli exhibitors are Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI), Ashot Ashkelon Industries Ltd. (TASE: ASHO), AeroMaoz Ltd., Bet Shemesh Engines Ltd. (TASE: BSEN), and SGD Engineering Ltd.

Arzi said that Israeli industry has been able to maintain its UAV edge, and that Israel is a global leader in this field, and attracts great interest from the world's armies and air forces, as well as from law enforcement agencies seeking civilian applications of unmanned air power.

In addition to UAVs, the Israeli companies will display other unmanned vehicles and UAV command and control systems, imaging equipment for nighttime and in difficult weather conditions, electronic intelligence systems, transmission calibration, and radar systems for air, land and sea operations.

The biennial Paris Air Show is the world's largest and important show in the aviation and aerospace industry. 2,000 exhibitors from 42 countries will participate in this year's show. 400,000 visitors are expected at the show.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report June 2009

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