15 September 2019 - 15 Elul 5779 - ט"ו אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Elbit Systems secures navy contract in Asia Print E-mail

Israeli defence electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on 20 September that it has been awarded a US$173 million contract to provide Naval Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (RCWS) to the Navy and Coast Guard of an Asia-Pacific country. The contract will be performed over a five-year period.

Under the contract, Elbit Systems will provide lightweight, fully stabilized dual-axis naval RCWS to be installed on a wide range of vessels. The Naval RCWS to be provided feature a 12.7mm machine gun and ammunition, Elbit Systems’ advanced firecontrol system and the company’s modular electro-optic suite.

Elbit Systems Land and C4I general manager Yehuda Vered said: “We are pleased with this contract award that attests to the quality of our systems. I am confident that the demand for the weapon stations we offer will continue to grow, as customers increasingly recognise our unique capacity to draw on an exceptionally broad portfolio to provide comprehensive operational solutions.”

(Issue Oct 2018)

Sichuan Airlines launches first direct flight from Chengdu to Tel Aviv E-mail

With a maiden flight on 26 September, Sichuan Airlines inaugurated its direct route from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China, to Tel Aviv.

The airline will run two weekly flights, on Sundays and Thursdays, and will be offering passengers a connecting flight from Chengdu to Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou at no extra cost. The company is represented in Israel by TAL Aviation.

The flights will use Airbus 330A airliners and later Airbus A350s. Some of the company’s planes are colourfully designed, including decoration with the company’s pandabear logo. The flight time will be eight hours and 20 minutes. The flights will have 277 tourist class seats and 24 business class seats.

Commenting on the growth in passenger traffic between Tel Aviv and China, TAL Aviation president and CEO Gideon Thaler said: “It is true of both businesspeople and tourists going to China and the Far East.” The company expects the inauguration of the new route to substantially boost the number of tourists from Asia to Israel, but also expects to see more families and tourists from Israel visiting China and the Far East.”

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Bedek Group signs maintenance agreement with Hainan Airlines E-mail

Bedek Aviation Group, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., recently entered into an official supplier agreement with HNA Group (Hainan Airlines) from China. Under the agreement, Bedek’s Engine Division will serve as the maintenance and overhaul centre for the V2500 engines of HNA Group’s airlines.

The engines will be sent to Bedek by the customers and returned to China following servicing. The signing of the agreement, which is estimated at tens of millions of dollars a year, was held at HNA Group headquarters in Haikou on 26 September.

Bedek has gained a world- wide reputation as a leading supplier of comprehensive services for passenger and cargo airplanes. Its customers include aircraft lease companies, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and cargo shippers. The new agreement with HNA Group is an important breakthrough and vote of confidence in the quality of service provided by the aviation company.

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Strong interest expected for Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair E-mail

The Israel Diamond Pavilion at this month’s Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, organised by the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI), will feature an auction of special stones offered by exhibitors.

The goods up for auction will be on view, bids may be placed during the first few days of the Fair, and progress on the bidding will be shown on screens located within the pavilion.

To ensure a high level of interest, IDI will award several free trips to Israel to buyers participating in the auction. The trips will be timed to coincide with International Diamond Week in Israel at the end of January 2019.

The Fair will take place from 12 to 16 September at AsiaWorld-Expo, and from 14 to 18 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Israel Diamond Pavilion, in Hall 9 of AsiaWorld-Expo, will be one of the largest at the Fair. Encompassing 978 square metres, it will feature 66 Israeli diamond companies. There will also be 13 additional Israeli companies exhibiting at different locations throughout the show.

The IDI Lounge at the heart of the pavilion will feature a 360-degree bar outfitted with three “Get Diamonds Show” search terminals and a charging station for smartphones and other devices. Get Diamonds Show is a search platform innovated by IDI that enables buyers to search a database of all goods offered by Israeli exhibitors at the show. Accessible on smartphones and featuring both a Chinese and an English version, the search platform has proven to be popular with buyers at previous Fairs.

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Aeronautics wins a contract with Thai Ministry of Defense E-mail

Israel-based Aeronautics Ltd. reported on 30 July that it will supply Dominator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Thai Ministry of Defense. The value of the deal, which includes UAVs, land equipment and accompanying services, is US$27 million over three years. Payment will be according to the milestones set in the agreement.

The Dominator, developed by Aeronautics on the basis of a manned aircraft converted by the company into a UAV, can carry up to 1,900 kilograms in special payloads (such as a camera, radar or bomb) simultaneously, and can stay airborne for 20 hours.

Aeronautics said the Thai Ministry of Defense was one of its veteran customers and that the Thai army had been using the company’s UAVs for the past decade.

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