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Israel Flying High at Air Show

A remote control limitary force and a C-Music pod for civilian aircraft are made-in-Israel innovations that are sweeping the Paris Air Show.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/22/2011, 12:41 PM / Last Update: 6/22/2011, 1:15 PM

A remote control limitary force and a C-Music pod for civilian aircraft are only two of several made-in-Israel innovations that are sweeping the Paris Air Show as the defense industry tries to improve its bulging exports of $7.2 billion.

The Israel Export Institute has invested nearly $2 million for a pavilion at the Air Show, which attracts more than 400,000 people from around the world.

Besides the Iron Dome rocket interceptor and the anti-tank missile Trophy system, Israeli companies are displaying several innovations for the first time.

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is showing off its "missile farm" of its Barak-8 air defense system and ground-to-ground missile interceptors, such as Arrow 2 and Arrow 3, the Jumper and Lora artillery missiles, and a lightweight laser-guided bomb.

Elbit is unveiling its remote-controlled concept for seizing territory in the heart of an urban area. Its C-Music pod is designed to protect civilian airplanes from shoulder-launched missiles and is the first of its kind in the world. The system is to be installed by Israeli airlines.

Based on MUSIC systems currently in use on helicopters and medium turbo prop fixed wing aircraft, C-MUSIC’s technology creates a laser beam that is directed towards the tracked missile, effectively defeating the incoming threat,” according to Elbit. Its fully automatic operation has no impact on the flight crew workload.

Elbit already has won a multi-million dollar contract from an Italian company at the Air Show.  Elettronica SpA ("Altronika") is participating in a project to protect airplanes with the MUSIC system.