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Jack Richardson

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) continues to diversify its ground operations with the acquisition of off-road vehicle manufacturer Ido Cohen, who manufacture the ZIBAR, ZMAG, and ZD vehicles. These will be upgraded for military and homeland defence applications with a range of intelligence, radar, and communication systems manufactured by IAI’s ELTA Systems including the DRONE GUARD system for drone detection and foiling, air defence and intelligence collection systems.

Yoav Turgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, said, “We are excited to collaborate with Ido Cohen, a visionary vehicle manufacturer from Israel. IAI offers a broad range of ground intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles and remote sensing capabilities. Integrating these capabilities on the Z Vehicle Family provides significant added value to the operational capabilities ELTA provides existing and future customers. The off-road vehicles will fulfill the operational needs of the ground forces for defence, assault, and intelligence.”

Under the deal, IAI will receive rights to the design of the vehicles and will market them to defence entities in Israel and abroad following their upgrade. Ido Cohen will continue to make and sell the vehicles, which are manufactured entirely in Israel, for civilian applications. They offer excellent performance and mobility even in extremely difficult off-road conditions and IAI will adapt them to a broad range of operational military and homeland defence configurations in line with the needs of IAI’s customers.