Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing Mark 10 Years of Cooperation on the Arrow Weapon System

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.

For fur­ther details, please con­tact:
Doron Sus­lik
Deputy Cor­po­rate VP of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Tel: +972–3‑935‑8509
Fax: +972–3‑935‑8512
Email: hpaz@iai.co.il