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Israel Exhibited State-of-the-Art Military Tech in Paris

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The Israeli army is renowned for its effectiveness. The motivation of its soldiers, today facing Iran and satellite terrorist groups, is the key to its success. But technological advances play a fundamental role. In this aspect, the Hebrew state stands out. This power and the Iranian threat have changed the alliances in the Middle East. The peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, added to the Abraham Accords, have broken Jerusalem’s former isolation. Tehran has become a major concern of Arab countries.

In this technological era, the biannual Eurosatory exhibition is the leading event in civil and military security. It ran from June 13 to 17 in Paris. It covered the threat of cyber-attacks, electronic jamming, robotics and artificial intelligence. Israel was represented by some 60 companies exhibiting advanced capabilities against multiple challenges.

This year the excitement was high, with 1,000 exhibitors from 54 countries. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) presented its latest tactical sensor system: the GREEN LOTUS (GL). It is designed for high effectiveness against rockets and mortars (C-RAM), as well as air and ground surveillance of maneuvers. It has a unique range of sensors that maximize situational awareness. It integrates an automatic system that detects and classifies aerial targets, from mortars, rockets and small drones to aircraft. It also performs ground surveillance, identifying moving vehicles and personnel. Data is collected and processed within the system’s command and control (C2) console. Combined, they provide a clear and complete picture, facilitating target location. The simultaneous ability to perform C-RAM along with air and ground surveillance makes GL a valuable protection tool. The structure provides full 360° coverage.

New partnerships

The show opened doors and new deals. Israel grouped its companies in one area of the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center. It attracted a lot of attention. Senior officials from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia exchanged data to keep in touch. A French exhibitor said they are all competing for the same clientele, but they are also looking for partners. He added that the Israelis are tough competitors, as they bring important expertise, but also potential partners, as they are open to unorthodox technological combinations. Focusing on ground combat, Eurosatory alternates with the prestigious Paris Air Show, dedicated to space and aviation.

Shaul Mazor, of BIRD-AEROSYSTEMS, said this was the best security exhibition the company saw, in terms of international exposure and interest. It signed a cooperation agreement with French security giant Safran. The two agreed that the Israeli Hybrid Eye detection system will be installed in Safran’s military goggles. The Israeli software analyzes what is seen and overlays its interpretation of space and movements.

The war in Ukraine increased interest in new products. There is greater sensitivity to threats to aircraft and vehicles. Europe expected to live in a period of endless peace, but this perception turned out to be wrong. A delegate from Switzerland, a historically neutral nation, commented that the conflict has changed his view. Defense is attracting international interest. The IAI was consulted by numerous experts. The company was prepared with staff fluent in several languages. Yehuda Lahav, marketing executive, said they possess the knowledge to protect all types of military vehicles, whether in terms of intelligence or offensively. Explaining the appeal of Israeli technology, he noted that it offers unrivaled combined capabilities worldwide.

Eduardo Zalovich, Uruguayan-Israeli, is a history professor and journalist. He has written for several media, such as La Vanguardia, El Confidencial, Vozpopuli, Búsqueda and Correo de los Viernes. Zalovich analyzes, from the Middle East, the reality of the region and international politics. // Eduardo Zalovich, uruguayo-israelí, es profesor de Historia y periodista. Ha escrito para varios medios, como La Vanguardia, El Confidencial, Vozpopuli, Búsqueda y Correo de los Viernes. Analiza, desde el Medio Oriente, la realidad de la zona y la política internacional.

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