Israeli Defense Exports Jump by 30% In 2012

By Alon Ben David
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

The Iron Dome system was reportedly sold to Singapore, but Israel maintains a veil of secrecy on all defense contracts with the Asian city-state.

The third-largest market for Israel is North America, with $1.19 billion in sales in 2012. Extensive attempt by scores of Israeli companies to seize significant security contracts in Brazil before the upcoming soccer World Cup and Olympics achieved little success. Overall sales to Latin America totaled $604 million.

The area in which Israel is considered a pioneer — UAV technology — constitutes only 3% of the country’s total defense exports. Yet Brig. Gen. Eitan Eshel, head of defense R&D, says, “we are still second only to the U.S. in that field.”

With the local defense market too small to sustain the industries or to maintain reasonable costs for products, Israeli industry directs 75% of its production abroad. Israel is tightening the monitoring of export licenses, but the defense ministry is constantly striving to declassify indigenous technologies and enable their export to reduce costs for the Israel Defense Forces.

The defense ministry also has 22 missions and attaches across the globe working to promote Israeli industries.

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