Jan 23, 2012 , Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today that it has expanded its agreement with Boeing on the Arrow Weapon System (AWS). Leaders of both companies gathered at IAI/MLM Division for a signing ceremony to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the partnership and to extend the commitment to work together.
“This new agreement is the next logical step in our relationship with Boeing and a strong opportunity for both companies to play a bigger role in the missile defense market. It is based on a strong foundation of successful cooperation,” said Itzhak Nissan, IAI President and CEO.
The IAI-Boeing Strategic Teaming Agreement aims to explore and develop new opportunities in the missile defense arena. During the past 10 years, IAI and Boeing have collaborated on the successful development, production and deployment of AWS. As the world’s first operational national missile defense system, AWS has become a vital, anti-ballistic missile defense strategy for Israel’s national defense.
“We are pleased to mark this occasion with our partner IAI, as well as expand our agreement for future cooperation on missile defense initiatives,” said Boeing Network & Space Systems President Roger Krone. “The Arrow program demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to developing international missile defense partnerships around the globe.”
The event, hosted by Uri Sinai general manager of IAI MLM division, launched an expansion of the collaboration extended and enhanced the IAI-Boeing Strategic Teaming Agreement to explore and develop new opportunities in the missile defense arena. During the past 10 years, Boeing and IAI have collaborated on the successful development, production and deployment of AWS. As the world’s first operational national missile defense system, AWS has become a vital, anti-ballistic missile defense strategy for Israel’s national defense.
“We are very pleased with the development of our relationships and we defiantly look forward to reach even higher level of business cooperation with Boeing. It is a very good response by the two companies for future challenges” said Joseph Weiss, vice president and general manager IAI Missile Space and Systems group.
IAI is the prime contractor for the AWS program. It has initiated, developed and deployed the in-service Arrow 2 program and, together with Boeing, is developing the Arrow 3 system — a crucial asset in Israel’s multi-tier anti-ballistic defense strategy.
“Boeing’s relationship with IAI has produced an innovative, versatile and affordable advanced missile defense capability. We look forward to our continued partnership and the development of the next generation of Arrow interceptor,” said Dr. Greg Hyslop, vice president and general manager of Boeing Strategic Missile and Defense Systems.
The celebration drew the participation of senior officials from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, including Rear Admiral (Res.) Ophir Shoham head of Research and Development directorate and the newly appointed head of Israeli Missile Defense Organization, Yair Ramati. Many industry executives and experts also attended.
The Arrow program has been a cooperative effort between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Missile Defense Organization since 2002.
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