Israel is the largest exporter of drones in the world, a leading industry
consultancy firm announced Sunday.
In the past eight years, sales of
Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles have totalled $4.62 billion, according to
The company said that in its calculations, it included products,
services and licenses sold to other countries that enable them to produce their
own drones. Those type of transactions made up almost 10 percent of Israel’s
defense exports, it added.
One of the main reasons for the growth in
Israeli exports is the decrease in global importers that depend on the US
Department of Defense, the company estimated.
Between 2005 and 2012,
Israel’s defense exports reached about $6.1b. a year, of which drones made up
some $578 million annually.
Meanwhile, France is in talks with the US and
Israel to buy intelligence-gathering drones to build up a modern fleet, Defense
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday.
France’s existing hardware is
outdated and its military intervention in Mali this year has exposed its
shortage of surveillance drones suitable for modern warfare. The US provided
French commanders with intelligence from its drones based in Niger.
need this capacity in the short term. There are currently two countries in the
world that build drones, the United States and Israel,” Le Drian said on TV
“We are in discussions with each to buy some
straightaway,” he said.