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Israel Aerospace Industries (Hebrew: התעשייה האווירית לישראל ha-ta'asiya ha-avirit le-yisra'el) or IAI (תע"א ta`a') is Israel's prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military and civilian usage. It has 16,000 employees as of 2007. IAI is wholly owned by the government of Israel.
In a speech about the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict in August 2006, Bashar al-Assad said that Hezbollah had "hoisted the banner of victory," hailing its actions as a "successful resistance." He claimed that Arab resistance was growing stronger, and warned Israel that "your warplanes, rockets, and your atomic bomb will not protect you in the future." He called Israel an enemy with whom no peace could be achieved as long as they and their allies (especially the U.S.) support the practice of preemptive war. In the same speech, he also called Arab leaders that have criticized Hezbollah "half-men."
On 6 September 2010, Russia and Israel signed a five year military agreement. In October 2010, Israeli Aerospace Industries signed a $400 million agreement to sell UAVs to Russia. The drones will be assembled in Russia.
In January 2012, IAI announced a sale of $1.1 billion of defense systems to an Asian country. The deal has been signed but the company did not name the buyer. It was reported that the sale will include IAI aircraft, missiles and intelligence technologies.
Transparency International has rated IAI as one of the least diligent companies in the fight against corruption and bribery.
The sources attribute the current backpedaling to hesitation about the deal in the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Ministry's Office, which have yet to give their approval. Washington has also requested clarifications about the deal, which is considered particularly sensitive.
Originally posted by sirhumperdink
government owned business? sounds pretty communist to me
.... i dont think this matters too much in fact it may be a ploy if the israeli drones are based on US designs then it could be beneficial to allow russia to invest in them because you already know how to deal with them
kinda doubt it but you never know..... we know so little about this subject there is no merit in discussing it
"I say that Israel is a terrorist state, and its acts are terrorist acts."
That unequivocal denouncement of Israel by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, made before a conference of the Eurasian Islamic Council meeting in Istanbul, will undoubtedly be shared by many Muslims, while disconcerting Western countries, including the pro-Israel government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.