Jan. 31, 2017
Israel’s Technologically Advanced Military – Yaakov Katz (New York Post)
Today, Israel is a high-tech superpower and one of the world’s top weapons exporters with $6.5 billion in annual arms sales.
Since 1985, Israel is the world’s largest exporter of drones, responsible for 60% of the global market, trailed by the U.S., whose market share is 25%.
Israel’s customers include Russia, South Korea, Australia, France, Germany and Brazil.
In 2010, five NATO countries were flying Israeli drones in Afghanistan.
Israel has been in a perpetual state of conflict since its inception. This reality, of having your back up against the wall, sharpens the mind. It forces Israelis to be creative and come up with innovative ways and weapons to survive.
See also Germany Extends Leasing of Israeli Drones for Operations in Afghanistan – Barbara Opall-Rome (Defense News)
Germany has extended a leasing contract to operate the Israeli Heron-1 unmanned aerial system for another year in support of its operations in Afghanistan, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announcedThursday.
The German Air Force began operating the system in 2010. The Heron has also been used in Afghanistan by France and Canada.
The German Air Force also is operating the Heron-1 in Mali as part of a UN policing mission.