Israel Aerospace Industries

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The Avocet ProJet with IAI Logo

Israel Aerospace Industries (Hebrew: התעשייה האווירית לישראל ha-ta'asiya ha-avirit le-yisra'el) or IAI (תע"א ta`a') is Israel's prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage. It has 16,000 employees as of 2007.

In addition to local construction of fighter aircraft, IAI also designs and builds civil aircraft (for Gulfstream as the G100/G150 and G200/G250 mid-sized business jets) and performs local maintenance and reconfiguration of foreign-built military and civilian aircraft. In addition, the company works on a number of missile, avionics, and space-based systems. In 2003, Israel Aircraft Industries attempted to enter the VLJ (Very Light Jet) Market, by launching the Avocet ProJet, a 6-8 seat, high utilization air taxi, with a list price almost half the cost of the least expensive business jet available at that time.

In early 2006, the ProJet stalled after a major undisclosed US OEM pulled out of the program due to unspecified reasons.

Although IAI's main focus is aviation and high-tech electronics, it also manufactures military systems for ground and naval forces. Many of these products are specially suited for the Israel Defence Forces needs, while others are also marketed to foreign militaries.

On November 6, 2006, Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. ("IAI") officially changed its corporate name to Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. The purpose of the name change is to more accurately reflect the current scope of IAI's business activities, which today includes not just aircraft, but also systems, satellites and launchers, as well as maritime and ground systems.

The company is currently working with the Aviation Technology Group on a military trainer version of the ATG Javelin, a fighter style personal jet. The version being developed is expected to compete against a large field of jet trainers at a much lower cost of acquisition and maintenance.


Civilian Air systems

Military air systems

Ground defense systems

Ground transportation

Naval systems

Aerospace systems

  • EROS, Amos and Ofeq Satellite series
  • Arrow anti-ballistic missile defence system
  • Shavit space launcher
  • Middle East Newsline has reported that IAI will launch one or more CubeSats by the end of 2008.[2]
  • TecSAR reconnaissance satellite, launched on 21 January 2008[3]

Manufacturing plants

official org-chart (January 2, 2007)
  • Systems, Missiles & Space Group
  • Military Aircraft Group
    • Lahav - aircraft upgrades
    • Mata - helicopter upgrades
    • Golan Industries - crash survival seats and other aircraft parts
    • Malat - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Elta - Radars, electronic warfare and ELINT
  • Bedek Aviation Group - MRO
    • Aircraft Division - Conversion of passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft, heavy aircraft maintenance, Fleet Maintenance
    • Engines Division - Repair and overhaul of civil and military aircraft engines (P&W, GE)
    • Components Division - Repair and overhaul of civil and military aircraft components (APU, Landing Gear, CSD etc).
  • Commercial Aircraft Group
  • Ramta - railcars, patrol boats, armor kits for engineering vehicles etc.
    • Aerostructures -
    • Technologies -
    • Business Jets -
    • Engineering Division - aircraft manufacturing and integration

Foreign sales

On April 13, 2009, the Moscow Times reported that the Russian Defense Ministry had signed an agreement with Israel Aerospace to purchase $50 million in pilotless drone aircraft. The contract reportedly includes three types of UAVs manufactured by the company.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "IAI/Elta's "Flight Guard" Commercial Aircraft Protection System Funded". Israeli Aerospace Industries. September 8, 2003.
  2. ^ "ISRAEL PLANS NANO-SATELLITE LAUNCH". Middle East Newsline.
  3. ^ "Israel launches new satellite to spy on Iran". Guardian Unlimited. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  4. ^ Combined Dispatches, "Red-Faced Military Buys Israeli Drones", Moscow Times, April 13, 2009.

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