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Associated Press of Pakistan - Dollar 1.5-billion Indo-Israel deal to trigger arms race in the region
Yossi Ben-Hanan, who is the head of SIBAT, the foreign defence assistance and defence export department at the defence ministry, has been quoted by the Jerusalem Post as saying that "India was Israel's biggest customer, with purchases reaching $1.5 billion."
was not particularly concerned about the US entry into the Indian market, and that Israel would not be in competition as "America sells fighter jets, tanks and helicopters ... and we do not compete with them." In fact, he
predicted an increase of sales to India as a result.
Yossi Ben-Hanan, head of ...
Yossi Ben-Hanan, head of SIBAT, the Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department at the defence ministry told 'The Jerusalem Post'.
It included Israel's single largest sale to a foreign country made by the Israel Aircraft Industries in the sale of the Barak Naval anti-missile defense system, valued at some USD 450 million, Ben-Hanan
told the daily.
Unperturbed by the US entry into the Indian market, the defence official said it would not make a dent in Israeli defence sales to New Delhi.
"America sells fighter jets, tanks and helicopters and we do not compete with them," Ben-Hanan
said.On the contrary, he
said, that it may even lead to an increase.
"We can for example sell the necessary accompanying systems that they will need alongside the larger US platforms," Ben-Hanan
The world has put its faith in our industries through the deals it has signed with Israeli companies," Ben-Hanan
Haaretz - Israel News - Smiles, ceremony, aerobatics hide tension at Paris Air Show
Mofaz praised the contribution of the defense contractors, while Yossi Ben-Hanan, the head of Sibat - the official body that approves weapons and security exports - emphasized cooperation between the ministry and the export agency.
...There is a difference of opinion among the defense contractors as to whether the Americans also want to see Yossi Ben-Hanan go, along with Yehiel Horev - the Defense Ministry's chief of security.