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"It's a surprise they are using so much ordnance over there," said Philip Finnegan, an analyst for the Teal Group consultancy in Fairfax, Virginia. "No one would have expected this a few months ago."
Originally posted by curme
Sorry if it's already been covered, I just read it in the Financial Times but linked the first googled article that came up. I guess I should read ATSNN more!
Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI), the pioneer of the Israel defense industry, has a history going back to the nineteen twenties, when it was essential for the Jewish population to arm itself with weapons to defend its very existence. Thus were born the first homemade hand grenades and the first workshops for manufacturing explosives. Between 1931 and 1933, the voluntary activities of few "HAGANA" (Jewish defense underground organization) members started to assume a form of an organized industry
IMI leaped forward in 1947, when Ben Gurion sent IMI's manager to the USA to buy machinery for the production of arms. The machines, which were smuggled into the country under the nose of the British, enabled the Israelis to establish arms and ammunition industry on the eve of the War of Independence.