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A tale of two aerospace companies-IAI, Embraer
Haaretz ^ | Oct. 1, 2013 | Moshe Arens

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 government’s unfortunate decision in 1987 to cancel the Lavi fighter project -- the world’s best fighter aircraft at the time -- IAI was sentenced to remain a medium-size player in the aerospace industry.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; brazil; embraer; israel

1 posted on 10/08/2013 2:56:39 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Bluntly, IAI was crushed by the sword of needed US military aide that was made conditional on IAI ceasing to develop certain items.


2 posted on 10/08/2013 3:07:09 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

They seem pretty confident about the Kfir, considering it is a reworked Mirage, using documents stolen through Switzerland.


3 posted on 10/08/2013 3:47:09 PM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar are soon to be relearned.)
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4 posted on 10/08/2013 3:48:32 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, Michelle on Chicago)
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To: donmeaker

I liken it to a Ford Cobra.

Little european plane with a giant re-worked American engine.


5 posted on 10/08/2013 4:08:58 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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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.


6 posted on 10/08/2013 4:10:15 PM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar are soon to be relearned.)
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