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AI will bid for more than $ 1 billion in UAVs from the Canadian government

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    AI will bid for more than $ 1 billion in UAVs from the Canadian government
    Following the Trump government's pressure to increase defense spending in Canada, the budget jumped 70% this year. UAVs will serve Canada to secure the northern route - connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean

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    Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) announced today that it has agreed to cooperate with the Canadian company L3 MAS to compete in a tender for the supply of UAVs to the Canadian army, worth more than $ 1 billion.
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    The growth of the Canadian navy is the background to the pressure exerted by the Trump administration on its Western partners to increase their investments in the security field. A year ago, the Canadian government announced that it would increase its military budget by 70% within a decade, from $ 15 billion to $ 24 billion.

    "Our partnership with the Canadian partner is based on the decision that in order to compete for a project of this size we need a local partner, so that our business proposal will be stronger, and our partner is a strong company that is working on improving the F18 and communication systems. The Canadian Defense Ministry will issue the tender documents, "said Roni Keret, deputy director of UAV Eitan, who is currently visiting Canada and was free to answer TheMarker's questions.

    Canada has previously leased from the IAI smaller Hron (Eitan) UAVs weighing about 1.2 tons, which were deployed in Afghanistan and successfully operated by them. In 2012, when the Canadian forces left Afghanistan, the drones were returned to the air industry in accordance with a contract between the sides, and the Canadian defense establishment is now considering acquiring the larger UAVs. The acquisition process is expected to be complete within four years - including UAVs, control units, sensing systems and other related systems - and prepare the Canadian army for this aspect for the next 20 years.

    "The large UAVs are more suited to the Canadian environment within the country - because of the weather conditions and the great distances they have to go from point to point," says Keret.

    Canadians do not prefer to purchase equipment from American arms manufacturers because of the geographic proximity of the two countries?

    "IAI will have tough competition with the Americans, and we saw a similar situation in Germany, where General Atomix, IAI's American competitor, petitioned against IAI's winning of a tender for the sale of UAVs worth over one billion euros to the German army.

    "However, we also see that Canada has opened the tender for the purchase of its future air fleet - and they are no longer committed to the purchase of 35 Americans, and instead issued a procedure in which they call on countries all over the world to offer aircraft.

    "The UAV tender will also be real. Many European companies have bid. Nevertheless, in view of our partnership with a Canadian company, there is no reason why we should not have the right to offer our system. "

    The American competitors also do not cooperate with Canadian companies?

    "They also do it, but at the level of work - the cooperation we have come across offers more jobs for the Canadian industry, and our proposal should definitely be attractive to them.

    "In my opinion there will be two groups that will compete for this tender in the end - ours and General Atomix - these are the only two forces in the market that know how to offer UAVs of this size."

    The Canadians' use of these drones can be assumed to be for missions in foreign countries, as in the case of Afghanistan.

    "The Canadians are not threatened in the same way as we know of border threats, but there are certainly threats of smuggling on their borders, and the threat of passing unwanted elements on their northern route." .)

    "In the summer there is a passage of boats that can be hostile, and the Canadians want to know how to supervise this, which is the most important issue for them, it is not a war situation, but it is a desire to preserve the borders, of course our system can serve them, Or otherwise within the framework of a military coalition of states.