Amid Russia-Ukraine War, Nations Clamor for Israeli Weapons

The Ministry of Defense is set to inaugurate the Israeli National Pavilion at a key exhibition in Paris with UAVs, drone robots, guided missiles and more on display.

By Yaakov Lappin | | Topics: IDF
REX MK II unmanned land vehicle.
REX MK II unmanned land vehicle. Photo: Israel Aerospace Industries

As the fallout from Russia’s war on Ukraine continues to be felt throughout Europe and the rest of the world, interest in Israeli defense technology is on the rise.

Europe is particularly interested in Israeli air-defense capabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles and robotics.

In this context, the Israeli Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate (known by its Hebrew acronym, SIBAT), is preparing to inaugurate the Israeli National Pavilion at the Eurosatory 2022 land and air-land defense exhibition, scheduled from June 13  to June 17 in Paris.

Leading Israeli security industries will present their systems and technologies at the pavilion, with 56 Israeli industries participating in the exhibition overall, according to Defense Ministry figures.

“The industries will present advanced technological solutions that address the security challenges faced today by many countries around the world. The ground-breaking technologies include solutions in the fields of UAVs, satellite technology, robotics, protective and rescue equipment, homeland security and more,” said a statement by the Defense Ministry.

Cutting-edge Israeli technology to go on display include autonomous drone interceptors, electro-optically-guided (camera and image processing) missiles, personal tactical communication over satellites and drone robots for indoor and underground tunnel-scanning missions. Many of the systems feature advanced artificial intelligence technology.

“Eurosatory is one of the largest and most important defense exhibitions in the world, and we are very proud of almost 60 Israeli defense industries participating this year,” said Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Kulas, head of SIBAT. “Among the Israeli defense industries participating are also 15 SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) that will present their cutting-edge, unique solutions at the SIBAT national pavilion, a reflection of the innovation and creativity of the Israeli defense industry,” said Kulas.

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Amira Ilany, division director of Europe and North America at SIBAT, told journalists that the Defense Ministry provides assistance to small- and medium-sized Israeli defense companies as “an important part of the ministry’s value system. We deem it of the highest importance to strengthen these innovative industries, and many of them will be participating in the upcoming Eurosatory exhibition.”

“This is the first time in four years that we have been able to participate in Eurosatory since it hasn’t taken place due to COVID-19 restrictions since 2018. Therefore, we anticipate that the number of participants and exhibitors will be substantial,” she added.

“Europe is one of the most important markets that we have. But as you can understand, there is interest in Israeli cutting-edge technologies all over the world. With our experienced, operational background, our technologies are highly appreciated all over the world,” said Ilany.

Rafael’s SPYDER air-defense system. Credit: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Clients in Europe accounted for 41% of sales

Israeli defense exports hit a new record in 2021, totaling $11.3 billion (36 billion shekels), the Israeli Defense Ministry announced in April.

According to the newly released figures, defense sales agreements grew by 30% in 2021 compared to 2020.

Clients in Europe accounted for 41% of sales—representing the single largest market for Israeli defense solutions; those in the Asia and Pacific regions 35%, and North American clients 12%.

The fact that many of the systems that Israel offers are backed by operational experience makes them more attractive to potential clients.

The Israeli Defense Ministry, like many other defense ministries in the world, is assessing the impact of force build-up programs following the Russian war against Ukraine.

All defense sales are conducted under the supervision and protocols of the Ministry’s Defense Export Controls Agency, which provides licensing based on assessments of countries’ overall humanitarian situation and government stability.

Germany is interested in the possibility of purchasing air- and missile-defense systems, in addition to unmanned aerial vehicles, according to multiple sources.

A senior delegation of the German Bundestag Defense Committee visited the Israel Defense Forces as part of a wider trip to the country at the end of March, and delegation members expressed particular interest in the Arrow 3 aerial-defense system, which is made by Israel Aerospace Industries and intercepts ballistic missiles in space.

Arrow 3 is operational in Israel as part of the country’s multi-tier air-defense program.

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