ISRAEL AIRCARFT INDUSTRIES LTD
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.
Specialises in electronic, electro-optical and inertial systems, and components for military and commercial applications.
Commercial Aircraft Group