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Posted on 10/08/2013 2:56:39 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
A tale of two aerospace companies
One of Israel's earliest startups, Israel Aerospace Industries, failed to fulfill its potential or rival its peers.
Long before Israel became world-renowned as the Startup Nation, the country was already home to a highly successful startup: Israel Aircraft Industries (now called Israel Aerospace Industries), which shot up like a meteor in a few years, from a small aircraft overhaul and maintenance shop to a major player in the aerospace industry.
Initially encouraged by David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres, staffed by talented Israeli aeronautical engineers, and led by an ambitious and active management, IAI accomplished in a few short years the seemingly impossible, arousing wonder and admiration throughout the international aerospace community.
Those were not the years when Israeli governments demonstrated an understanding of high-tech industries or promoted startups. In fact, at the time, there was skepticism and even a measure of envy when it came to modern industry. The political leadership thought IAI was getting too big and, for a while, considered splitting it up into separate units. Senior air force officers insisted that the winning combination of Israeli pilots flying foreign fighter aircraft should not be disturbed by a new combination: Israeli pilots flying Israeli-developed fighter aircraft. The skeptics did not realize that IAI possessed unique potential as an aerospace company, as it had mastered know-how across a spectrum of technologies - aircraft, missiles, electronic systems, and space technology. No other aerospace industry could match that.
But IAI did not fulfill its potential of becoming a rival to Boeing, Lockheed, Grumman, or General Dynamics. After the governments unfortunate decision in 1987 to cancel the Lavi fighter project -- the worlds best fighter aircraft at the time -- IAI was sentenced to remain a medium-size player in the aerospace industry.
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Bluntly, IAI was crushed by the sword of needed US military aide that was made conditional on IAI ceasing to develop certain items.
They seem pretty confident about the Kfir, considering it is a reworked Mirage, using documents stolen through Switzerland.
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I liken it to a Ford Cobra.
Little european plane with a giant re-worked American engine.
Or they were about to trash the rest of their defense advantage to duplicate the F-16 capability, but needed to agree with the US that the Lavi couldn’t be exported to do so.
So it ended up being a bad decision for them. They kept their Merkava line open, which would have had to close if they pursued the Lavi.