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Israel Ministry of Defense Inaugurates First-Ever National Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Defense Exhibition

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Israel Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Defense Exhibition (photo credit: Israel Ministry of Defense)

For the first time in history, Israel has its own pavilion at the Abu Dhabi Defense Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates. The Israel Ministry of Defense inaugurated the first-ever national pavilion at the “IDEX” defense exhibition on Monday. The ministry said that the participation in IDEX is part of joint efforts to “strengthen defense relations” with the Abraham Accords countries.

SIBAT, the Israel Ministry of Defense’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate, is leading the delegation of Israeli defense industries participating in the event. The national pavilion was inaugurated by the Head of SIBAT, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Yair Kulas, together with additional senior officials.

This is yet another example of how Israel has advanced in the Arab world since the signing of the Abraham Accords just two and a half years ago. At first, the Accords were signed with Arab Gulf states the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Later, the African Arab nations of Sudan and Morocco also joined.

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Before the Abraham Accords, the idea that Israel would be represented in a defense exhibition was absurd. But things change. The new investments from Arab nations in Israel make sense because, as the saying goes, money talks and…

But military cooperation is another matter. The main factor that can bring former enemies together is a new common enemy. And Israel and the Arab Gulf states share a common enemy in Iran. This is why they have begun to work more closely on defense matters.

Brig. Gen. Kulas described the inauguration of the Israeli national pavilion in Abu Dhabi as an “important milestone in deepening our highly esteemed defense partnership with the United Arab Emirates.”

“As our defense relations continue to expand,” he added, “we are proud to present and share the innovative technologies and systems developed and created by Israeli defense industries and the Israel Ministry of Defense. We plan to hold multiple meetings during the exhibition to discuss new areas of collaboration and are looking forward to bolstering future cooperation with our partners in the UAE.”

Over 30 leading Israeli defense industries are presenting their technological solutions at the exhibition. Some of the technologies include air defense systems, rocket and missile systems, unmanned aerial systems, artificial intelligence, electro-optical systems, cyber solutions, and more.

The Israeli defense industries participating in the national pavilion include: Aerodan Systems, Aitech Systems, Beth-el Industries, Bird Aerosystems, Controp Precision Technologies, Copterpix, Dagan-Optics, Edgy Bees, Elbit Systems, Emtan-Israel Small Arms Industry, Fibrotex, Gate Technologies, Gilat Telecom, Hagor Industries, Heven Drones, IAI – Israel Aerospace Industries, Magam Safety, Nimda Co, Omnisys, Ophir Optronics Solutions, Orbit Communication Systems, Plasan Sasa, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Reshet Graf, RT LTA Systems, SCD – Semi Conductor Services, SDK Embedded Systems, SK Group, Smart Shooter, Spearuav, Steadicopter, Thermal Beacon, Tomer, Uvision Air, Vidisco, and YTS Systems.

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