Israel opens national pavilion at Dubai Airshow

Israel’s Ministry of Defense opened the country’s first pavilion at the Dubai Airshow, with eight Israeli defense companies displaying their wares.

The five-day Dubai Airshow is expected to have 370 new exhibitors and more than 85,000 visitors. There will also be civilian and military delegations from more than 140 countries, including new additions from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Brazil, Slovakia and Israel.

Israel’s national pavilion was inaugurated by the Head of the Directorate for International Defense Cooperation (SIBAT) Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yair Kulas and other senior members of the Israel Defense Establishment and managers of the companies participating in the exhibition.

The eight Israeli defense companies include Elbit Systems, IAI, Rafael, Tomer Astronautics, Nir Or, and UVision.
“The partnership between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which has expanded since the signing of the Abraham Accords, is a strategic asset,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said. “The participation of the Ministry of Defense in the exhibition reflects the deepening of relations between our countries.”

Visitors attend the Edge display during the Dubai Air Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on November 14, 2021. (Credit: REUTERS / RULA ROUHANA)

Calling the pavilion a “new and historic component” in strengthening relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Kulas said Jerusalem is “delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this important exhibition and showcase the advanced technological capabilities of Israel’s defense industries. ” Within the framework of the exhibition, we plan to hold numerous meetings to discuss new areas of collaboration ”.

Both Israel and the UAE have worked together covertly for years against Iran’s hegemony and, according to foreign reports, have improved their intelligence sharing and military relations behind closed doors to prepare for Iranian threats.

During the conference, the top general of the US Air Force in the Middle East, Lt. Gen. Gregory Guillot told the conference that the United States could conduct a joint air drill with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

“Collaborative defense of various countries in the region will be our key to detecting them and staying one step ahead of the threat as it evolves,” Guillot said, according to the news site after appearing on Dubai International Air. Chiefs Conference.

Guillot’s comments come as Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along with the United States, are conducting a joint maritime exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba and the northern Red Sea that a senior Israeli official said was a clear message. for Iran.
While the Israel Air Force had previously participated in international drills with the UAE, this exercise marks the first time that Israel has publicly trained with the UAE and Bahrain. Also on Thursday, two IAF F-15s escorted two B-1B strategic heavy bombers as well as a KC-10 refueling belonging to the US Air Force on their way to the Gulf.

It was the second such flight in two weeks and was “a significant step in keeping the skies over the State of Israel and the Middle East safe,” the Israeli military said on Twitter.

The drill and other joint maneuvers with the United States and regional countries come as a result of the transfer of responsibility from Israel from the United States European Command (EUCOM) to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM).

The move is believed to not only simplify cooperation with US troops in the region, but may also create the potential for a regional coalition with Arab countries that have normalized ties with Israel against shared threats posed by Iran.

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