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A new technology center dedicated to developing and producing non-GPS navigation systems was recently launched by the Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D), part of Israel’s Ministry of Defense (IMOD), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). In the new center, IAI will develop and manufacture highly-accurate inertial sensors. These sensors will enable the production of next-generation navigation systems, and will significantly increase their performance and capabilities.
The innovative navigation sensor technology is founded on unique Israeli innovation based on years of research and collaboration between DDR&D and IAI. These sensors will be implemented in various operational systems within Israel’s defense systems, thus enabling Israel to maintain its qualitative advantage and to continue to address the challenges of the modern battlefield.
The new navigation technology center established at TAMAM, IAI’s electro-optics and navigation house in IAI’s Systems Missiles and Space Group, represents decades of experience in developing navigation systems.
Brig. Gen. Yaniv Rotem, Chief of R&D at UMOS DDR&D, said, “In launching the new compound, DDR&D demonstrates our position at the forefront of technology and its contribution to Israel’s technological independence. The extensive know-how and experience accumulated at DDR&D and TAMAM, our partners, allowed us to challenge ourselves with this new endeavor and accomplish something impressive. The follow-up program is just as challenging and we plan to work diligently until we prove the new capability in the various applications and in collaboration with IDF units.”
Avi Elisha, IAI’s TAMAM Division GM, said, “Our partnership with IMOD DDR&D dates back many years. We work together to achieve the ongoing enhancement of the innovative navigation systems for Israel. The new center we launched will allow highly accurate navigation capabilities with IAI’s unique technologies. Only a handful of countries have this technology, which is a game-changer in the field of inertial navigation.”