Israel Aerospace Industries to cooperate with UAE

Israel Aerospace Industries signs collaboration agreement with Group 42 from Abu Dhabi in order to fight coronavirus.

Orli Harari ,

Yoav Turgeman
Yoav Turgeman
Israel Aerospace Industries

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a historic collaboration agreement with Group 42 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The companies will collaborate in the fields of research and development in an attempt to find solutions to help combat the coronavirus.

The cooperation agreement was signed with the Elta division during a video call between the UAE and Israel, during which ways to leverage common innovative technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, sensing, laser and more were discussed.

The state-of-the-art solutions and joint medical and technological initiatives are aimed not only at the populations of the two countries, but also to aid the global fight against coronavirus and ensure the health of the entire region.

IAI and Elta Executive Vice President Yoav Turgeman said, "IAI is pleased to sign this cooperation agreement with our partners in Abu Dhabi. The coronavirus disease crosses continents, peoples and religions and we see paramount importance in the cooperation that will deliver breakthrough solutions. In recent months, IAI has joined the fight against the coronavirus on the basis of the technological know-how, capabilities and boldness that have existed in IAI since its inception.

Last week, both Israel and the UAE announced that companies from both countries will join forces to research and develop technology to fight the novel coronavirus.

The UAE and Israel have no official diplomatic ties, with Jordan and Egypt being the only two Arab countries to have signed peace treaties with Israel.

Arab states in the Gulf, including the UAE, have increasingly built informal ties with Israel in recent years amid shared concerns over Iran.

Last month, a flight undertaken by Etihad Airways -- the UAE's flag carrier -- laden with COVID-19 related medical supplies for the Palestinian Authority made a rare landing in Tel Aviv.

The PA, however, refused the medical supplies since the delivery was coordinated with Israel rather than with them. This marked the second airborne delivery of humanitarian cargo by the UAE that the Palestinian Arabs say they have turned down in a month.

While the UAE has been critical of Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, its Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Mohammed Gargash, said two weeks ago that "I think we can have a political disagreement with Israel and try to bridge other differences.”