Israel Aerospace Industries
: התעשייה האווירית לישראל ha-ta'asiya ha-avirit le-yisra'el
) or IAI
(תע"א ta`a') is Israel's prime aerospace
manufacturer, producing aerial systems for both military
and civilian usage. It has 16,000 employees as of 2007.
In addition to local construction of fighter aircraft
, IAI also designs and builds civil aircraft (including for Gulfstream
with aircraft such as the G100/G150
mid-sized business jets) and performs local maintenance and reconfiguration of foreign-built military and civilian aircraft. In addition, the company works on a number of missile
, and space-based systems. In 2003, Israel Aircraft Industries attempted to enter the VLJ (Very Light Jet) Market, by launching the Avocet ProJet
, a 6-8 seat, high utilization air taxi, with a list price almost half the cost of the least expensive business jet available at that time.
In early 2006, the ProJet stalled after a major undisclosed US OEM
pulled out of the program due to unspecified reasons.
Although IAI's main focus is aviation
electronics, it also manufactures military systems for ground and naval
forces. Many of these products are specially suited for the Israel Defence Forces
needs, while others are also marketed to foreign militaries.
On November 6, 2006, Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd.
("IAI") officially changed its corporate name to Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
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