Astronautics C.A - Innovative Defence and Airborne Electronics

Astronautics is an established defence electronics supplier offering intelligent electronic solutions for military and civil aviation applications. Astronautics supplies equipment and system level solutions for airborne, naval and land vehicles.

Astronautics C.A is celebrating its 40th anniversary, with a wide range of battlefield-proven products and satisfied customers around the globe. Among our satisfied customers you will find Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, EADS, Bell Helicopters, Aermacchi, Pilatus, Singapore Aerospace, and others.

Military computers and displays, mission systems and modern IT systems

Astronautics currently offers state-of-the-art military computers and displays, mission systems and modern IT solutions, specially tailored to operate in military and airborne environments. We currently offer modular tactical mission systems, airborne computers, military / airborne KVM (keyboard / video multiplexer) and advanced data-link solutions that are based on our recently announced 4G software defined radio (SDR).

Astronautics' tactical flight bag (TFB) is in operational use onboard tactical aircraft, offering modern information, video and paperless cockpit application availability.

Tactical mission systems for helicopters and aircraft

Astronautics' TACTIX is a C4I tactical mission system. TACITX is a flexible and modular system for helicopters and tactical aircraft. Astronautics' TACTIX provides an onboard LAN, with dedicated displays to each crew member, displaying coordinated tactical information over a 2D/3D digital map.

Astronautics' tactical system provides a full situational awareness view (flight plan, no fly zones, threats, etc.) supporting mission management, C4I (dynamic messages and images transfer to/from ground command centres and other airborne platforms participating in a mission), etc. TACTIX presents terrain-related warning (LOS and computed ground proximity alerts). Onboard mission planning supports mission plan and editing as required.

TACTIX system supports a high level of redundancy via robust architecture that provides multiple displays to the crew member and intelligent switching supporting a high level of redundancy built into the architecture. TACTIX data-link supports modern and robust wide band communication, allowing transfer of video streams and still images between the network members


Founded 1953 as Bedek Aviation; ceased being unit of Ministry of Defence and became government-owned corporation 1967; name changed to Israel Aircraft Industries 1 April 1967; number of divisions reduced from five to four February 1988 (Aircraft, Electronics, Technologies and Bedek Aviation). Further restructuring 1994 and now comprises four independent operating Groups: Commercial Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Bedek Aviation and Electronics. Covered floor space 680,000 m2 (7,32 million sq ft); total workforce 14,500 in August 2001, of whom one-third are engineers or academics. IAI has ISO 9001 certification, and its products and technologies are fully backed by integrated logistic support, training and a complete after-sales service.
Approved as repair station and maintenance organisation by Israel Civil Aviation Administration, US Federal Aviation Administration, UK Civil Aviation Authority and Israel Air Force. Products include aircraft of own design; in-house produced airframe systems and avionics; service, upgrading and retrofit packages for civil and military aircraft and helicopters; other activities include space technology, missile and ordnance development, and seaborne and ground equipment.
Sold Galaxy Aerospace to General Dynamics on 1 May 2001, this becoming part of Gulfstream.

IAI comprises four principal divisions:

Bedek Aviation Group
Provides total aircraft, engine and component repair, overhaul, retrofit, modification, conversion and support services to airlines and leasing companies. On 21 February 2002, IAI and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited of India signed a co-operation agreement for HAL to participate in Bedek's Boeing 737 freighter conversion programme.

Military Aircraft Group
Develops and manufactures unmanned air vehicles; integrates and upgrades military fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters; designs and manufactures helicopter structures, electrical harnesses and crash-attenuating aircraft seats.

Electronics Group
Specialises in electronic, electro-optical and inertial systems, and components for military and commercial applications.

Commercial Aircraft Group
Described separately.


Company formed in 2000 (previously known as Romeo Yankee Ltd), specifically to develop urban aerial vehicles. Currently has CityHawk technology demonstrator under test; has also begun to develop X-Hawk (civil) and TurboHawk (military) variants, as well as unmanned derivatives.