Home' Defence Review Asia : DRA Jul-Aug 2013 Contents Sources say that Brazil will have a demand for
10-14satellites in the next 15 years. Most of them
will be for imaging purposes in the 100-200 kg
category.Recently, local authorities have issued an
RFP for a high capability communications satellite.
In early April IAI signaled it plans to focus on
the Brazilian defence market by investing in the
electronic company IACIT. This local business
is working in the Defence, Radar Meteorology
and Control, Automation, Communication and
Information Technologies segments.
IAI's subsidiary, ELTA Systems signed a
cooperation agreement and - through its subsidiary
LARDOSA - signed an agreement of investment
with IACIT. This includes transfer of technology to
the Brazilian company, positioning it to capture a
significant part of the Brazil electronic market.
ELTA Systems is a major defense electronics
company providing a wide spectrum of systems in
the field of Radars, Special Mission Aircraft, ISTAR,
Electronic Warfare and Communication.
IAI has a parallel cooperation with aircraft
manufacturer Embraer and this may also be part of
its current penetration effort into the fast growing
Brazilian satellite market.
ISRAELI MILITARY INDUSTRIES (IMI)
Israel Military Industries (IMI) is still struggling
to keep manufacturing the products that are
considered absolutely essential for Israeli national
defence. The company is state owned which, going
forward, limits its potential. The Government's lack
of interest in the matter has resulted in a static
situation that is bad for the company.
IMI is a weapons system house, specializing
in the development and manufacture of offensive
and defensive solutions for the modern battlefield,
Homeland Security and terror threats. IMI's
state-of-the-art systems for ground, air and naval
forces, are based on the extensive experience of
the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Most of them are
combat- proven and have been qualified by the IDF,
US Military (Army, Air Force & Navy) and NATO
IMI designs, upgrades, produces and integrates
full combat solutions as well as professional training
The company manufactures air-to-ground systems
like the Delilah stand-off missile and a full line of
penetration bombs, tactical air-launched decoys,
armour protection suits for helicopters and transport
airplanes and the most sophisticated flare and chaff
The company has developed a line of very
advanced artillery rockets and the IDF has finally
accepted the idea that these can be a good
substitute for the air force in close air support to
ranges of up to 200 km.
IMI is a main supplier of small caliber ammunition
and is very active in add-on systems for assault
rifles that increase their accuracy when used as a
IMI's Givon division is developing and
manufacturing the boosters for the Israeli Shavit
The company was not able to be merged or
privatized - which would have given it economies of
scale. It also suffers from the fact that the Ministry of
Defence prefers to use the U.S foreign military funds
(FMF) granted to Israel each year, for the purchase
of basic items like ammunition.
Elbit systems is continuing is effort to become a
unique "multi-domestic" defense company. Only
recently it made another step in this direction by
establishing Sharp Elbit Systems Aerospace, Inc.
("SESA"), a jointly owned South Korean company
with Sharp Aviation K Inc.
Elbit Systems owns 19%, with a growth option to
SESA will operate in Ansan and - among other
capabilities - will offer maintenance, repair and
manufacture of advanced military aircraft avionics
as well as research and development of systems
and avionics for both existing and future projects
such as the Korean Light Attack Helicopter (LAH)
and the Korean Future Fighter (KFX) development
projects. Contracts currently operated by Sharp
Aviation K will be transferred to SESA as part of the
As a Korean company, SESA will also be able to
offer offset solutions to foreign suppliers and OEM's
selling defense goods and services in Korea.
Soon-Suk Paik, President and CEO of Sharp
Aviation K said that working with the Defense
Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of Korea
and international and Korean manufacturers, SESA
will offer the Korean aerospace market advanced
solutions and systems made locally that are based
on Elbit Systems' technological portfolio. Also,
Sharp Aviation K's vast experience in aviation and
avionics provides a strong local presence and deep
understanding of the Korean market.
Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems' new
president and CEO, said that the establishment
of this new company is a significant development.
" We consider this country to be a very important
market and trust that establishing this jointly owned
company will bring new opportunities and be of
mutual benefit for both our companies and Korea".
Elbit is making similar efforts in many parts of the
world with great success.
The company and its various subsidiaries,
operate in aerospace, land and naval systems,
command, control, communications, computers,
intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance
(C4ISR), unmanned aerial systems (UAS), advanced
electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW
suites, airborne warning systems, ELINT systems,
data links and military communications systems
ISRAELI DEFENCE INDUSTRY
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