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The seventh Israel Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) conference and exhibition hosted yesterday an exceptional gathering of the best experts and leading figures from Israel and abroad in the Air Defense community. The event was organized by the Israel Missile Defense Association (IMDA), the Israel Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics (ISAA) and iHLS. The speakers from Israel, the US, Germany etc. presented an impressive array of air defense solutions and strategies against the changing threats. The features of systems connectivity and cooperation among allies were emphasized.

In an exciting ceremony, Maj. Gen. (R.) Herzle Bodinger, former IAF Commander, received the IMDA award.

Brig. Gen. Ran Kochav, Air Defense Forces Commander, Israel Air Force, described the Israeli technological development in air defense for population and critical installations as a learning race. He stressed the importance of interoperability between the various weapon systems working together, a capability reflected also between the Israeli and US systems.

The conference was chaired by Alik Hermetz – IMDA, Wales CEO, Brig. Gen. (R.) Shachar Shohat, Shlomi Sudri, Brig. Gen. (R.) Ilan Bitton, Israel Zeierman, Arieh Herzog, Brig. Gen. Eitan Eshel, Uzi Rubin and Yair Ramati – former Director, Israel Missile Defense Organization, IMOD.

Among the many speakers were: Moshe Patel, Director, Israel Missile Defense Organization, IMOD, Brig. Gen. Ran Kochav – Air Defense Forces Commander, Israel Air Force, Col. Gil Dolov – IAF/ADF, Brig. Gen. (R.) Eitan Yariv, Brig. Gen. (R.) Reuven Eyal – Wales, Yehuda Davidovitch – IAI/AMD, Lt. Col. Rotem Ziser – IMOD/IMDO, Lt. Col. (R.) Aviv Bar Zohar, Scott Kripowicz – Chief, Middle East Div., MDA), Ltg. (R.) Howard Bromberg – Lockheed Martin, Dr. Efraim Bashan, Dror Cohen – Wales, Dr. Azriel Lurber, Meir Ben Shaya – Rafael, Alex Volodarsky – RADA, Dr. Ronit Levy Nathansohn – ELTA, Stephen Thomas – Parsons, Alon Mindaly – Elbit/Elisra, Erez Drukman – Wales, Uzi Rubin – BESA, JISS, Tal Inbar – Fisher Institute, Bernd Kreienbaum – IABG, Germany, and Sidharth Kaushal – RUSI, UK.