Fifteen Israeli companies show at prestigious international aerospace event; Israeli pavilion among show's top-five
Udi Etsion Published: 06.21.11
The Israeli mission to the 2011 International Paris Air Show held in Le Bourget comprised of 15 companies representing Israel's top defense systems manufactures, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday.
The 49th Paris Air Show included 2,100 international exhibitors and 28 international pavilions. Israel was represented by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Elbit Systems, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Aeronautics Defense Systems, to name a few.
Three Israeli defense systems made their debut at the show: Rafael and IAI's Iron Dome missile defense system, which carried a "field proven" label; the "Magic Wand" missile defense system, which is currently in its testing phase; and "Windbreaker," which is an anti-tank missile defense system.
"Presenting these systems, especially in light of Iron Dome's operational success, has the potential to significantly propel Israel's defense exports," Defense Ministry Director General Udi Shani.
Avi Heffetz, head of the Israel Export Institution, noted that Israel's pavilion was ranked among the show's top five.
In 2010, Israel's defense exports amounted to $7.2 billion.
The Paris Air Show, which is considered the world's annual leading aerospace show, opened on Monday. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Israel's Ambassador to France Yossi Gal, attended the opening gala.
photo: Elbit night vision system
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