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also can configure the training session to match
any combat scenario. To maximize its cost
effectiveness, the system is designed to reuse as
much of the components as possible by applying
a “roll in roll out” concept to both the gunnery
as well as the driving simulators. The users are
therefore able to reconfigure the systems with
any combination of turrets they desire. Additional
unique capabilities include a smart scenario
generator and large training areas at extremely
high resolution for both open and urban terrains.
By any standard, last year was very successful
for Elbit in the Asian market. It was awarded
another US$ 20 million contract to supply
an Asian country with dozens of CoMPASS
(Compact Multi Purpose Advanced Stabilized
System) payloads for maritime patrol aircraft. The
Asian country, which operates one of the largest
maritime patrol fleets in the world, has selected
CoMPASS as a long-term solution to protect its
coastlines. The CoMPASS payload is already
installed onboard hundreds of platforms including
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
South Korea was considered until earlier this
year, as a very promising market for the Israeli
defence industries, But also earlier this year, as
expected, the Israeli ministry of defence selected
the Italian Aermacchi M-346 as the new advanced
trainer of the Israeli Air Force.
The selection ended a long competition between
the M-346 and the South Korean KAI T-50 .
The governments of Italy and South Korea
respectively put on a lot of pressure to win the
contract. This is because a selection by the IAF
can be used as a good reference source with other
The Italians have committed themselves
to purchasing a “number” of Israeli systems
including AEW aircraft from Israel Aerospace
Industries. Sources said that Italy made a written
commitment to back up their offer. On the other
hand, South Korea said that it intends to purchase
different Israeli systems - but was not ready to
sign an official commitment .
The Israeli Ministry of Defence did not issue a
formal Request For Proposal and that apparently
caused great anger in South Korea. The loss of the
jet trainer contract has changed the atmosphere
between Israel and South Korea. Is that only a
temporary situation? Time will tell.
Before the South Koreans lost the contract they
were considering a wide-ranging cooperation
with Israeli aerospace and defence industries.
The issues that were “on the table” until the
trainer decision was made included multi mission
aircraft that are capable of air refueling, Elint and
Comint systems on medium sized platforms like
those manufactured by Bombardier and “different
types” of missiles.
So far South Korea has purchased around US$
400 million of Israeli defence systems. These
included the IAI Green Pine long range radar
and different systems made by IAI for the T-50
aircraft, including its radar.
The South Korean army has been evaluating
some UAS made in Israel. Sources in Israel say
that the tension will decrease in due course and
that they expect big contracts with Seoul. One
system that is very interesting for the South
Korean armed forces is the Rafael “Iron Dome”
rocket interceptor, that was developed in record
time and has been achieving an 80% intercept of
rockets launched from Gaza into Israel.
Last year there were signs that the Royal Thai
Air Force may become a client for Israeli made
UAS. This occurred when the airforce’s experts
began evaluating two Israel systems.
One is the G- Star UAS based on the Innocon’s
MiniFalcon-2 . The G-Star has a twin boom
fuselage and has an enhanced takeoff weight
compared with the MiniFalcon-2 ( 220 KG
MAXTOW compared to 200 kg). The Royal
Thai airforce purchased a G-Star system and is
evaluating it against other UAS believed to be the
The G-Star is the first result of the cooperation
agreement between Innocon from and Thai
company G-Force. G-Force has so far specialized
in manufacturing composite structures and
supplied some for UAS developed by Innocon.
According to the agreement, G-Force is the Israeli
company’s regional representative.
In all aspects Asia is one of the most important
markets for the Israeli defence industry. The
contracts signed in this region are not always in
the open, manily for reasons that are important to
the purchasing countries.
All signs show that this market will keep its
importance in the next few years and some predict
that it will even become bigger.
Defence Review Asia can only speculate that
systems like the Rafael Trophy active protection
system for tanks the company’s Spike missiles
and smart munitions like the IAI’s TopGun kit that
convets any 155 mm artillery shell to a precise
weapon will be included in that long list. v
TROPHY on Merkava MBT
Immediately after IAI delivered the three Russian made IL-76 aircraft
that were converted to serve as airborne early warning (AEW) platforms
for the Indian Air Force negotiations began on a follow on deal
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