subway security 58.
(photo credit: AP)
Generations of experience in fighting terrorism in a violent Middle Eastern
neighborhood will translate into a lot of money and an important export growth
engine for Israeli industry – that is the essence of the vision of Israel Export
& International Cooperation Institute CEO Avi Hefetz, and the inspiration
for the first Homeland Security International Conference next week in Tel
Hefetz presents a long list of senior people in security
organizations around the world, among them chiefs of police forces, defense
ministers, and experts on securing airports, who have confirmed their
attendance, and says the interest in the conference speaks for
“When it comes to counter-terrorism and securing sensitive sites
vulnerable to attack, we have a lot to offer, and there is no reason not to
leverage it,” he told Globes.
The conference, which is being organized by
the Israel Export Institute will last three days and is expected to become a
Given the wave of terror around the world and the
warnings of huge attacks in Europe, Israel has something to contribute,
according to the Export Institute.
“Our clear advantage in this field
represents immediate business potential of more than $200 million, which we will
exploit in the coming year, in addition to the extensive existing business
activity in the field,” said Hefetz.
The main potential for deals is that
markets are hungry for high technology in area protection, most notably the
Brazilian market, which is hosting two sporting events of global importance: the
World Cup in 2014, and the Olympics in 2016. Israeli experience is also in high
demand in India, where they are still learning the lessons of the multiple
carnage in Mumbai in late 2008; in Thailand, which earlier this year had to
contend with violent disturbances by the red shirt protesters; in Mexico, which
wants to expand its enforcement mechanisms for maintaining public order in the
light of the chaos across the country; and in other places.
will reach $250 billion in the next decade, and I want to see Israel in there,”
In defense exports, Israel is already considered a power.
Defense News magazine ranked Israel in third place last year for arms exports,
after the US and Russia. In homeland security-related exports, Israel is among
the 10 leading countries, and the annual sales of Israeli defense companies are
estimated at $1.5b.
“This is a lot, and it could be much more.
aim of the conference being held by the Institute is to increase Israel’s share
of national homeland security budgets by 15-20 percent,” said
About 40 Israeli companies engaged in developing and
manufacturing components related to homeland security areas will attend the
conference. To expand their markets, many firms have converted classified
military systems for civilian use, including Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),
which is adapting one of its flagship products, the Heron drone aircraft, for
border patrol and surveillance and for protection of sensitive installations.
About a year ago IAI CEO Itzhak Nissan signed a $350m.
deal to supply
unmanned aerial vehicles of this type to the Brazilian federal
The Guardium unmanned ground vehicle - developed jointly by
G-NUIS Unmanned Ground Systems, IAI, and Elbit Systems - and designed to assist
the IDF in routine patrols along the Gaza border, has undergone several
structural changes in order to provide protection services to busy airports.
Such vehicles are already in trial use at Ben Gurion Airport.
things, the vehicle is capable of accurately directing attack helicopters to the
location of an incident.
“There is no reason why we should not be a power
in this field. The know-how, technology, and innovation are here, and it’s
possible to make a large and welcome profit out of all this, because all these
devices can prevent bloody terrorist attacks,” said Hefetz.