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A new technology centre dedicated to developing and producing non-GPS navigation systems was recently launched by the Israeli MoD and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).  In the new centre, established at IAI’s TAMAM electro-optics and navigation systems house, IAI will develop and manufacture highly accurate inertial sensors, which will enable production of next-generation navigation systems and will significantly increase their performance and capabilities.

The new centre will focus on developing and producing navigation systems for the battlefield of the future and will implement a co-developed, non-GPS accurate navigation technology. The innovative navigation sensor technology is founded on unique Israeli innovation, based on years of research and collaboration between the MoD’s Directorate of Defence Research & Development (DDR&D) and IAI. These sensors will be implemented in various operational systems within Israel's defence systems, thus enabling the nation to maintain its qualitative advantage and to continue to address the challenges of the modern battlefield.

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 endeavour and accomplish something impressive. The follow-up programme 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,” commented BGen Yaniv Rotem, DDR&D Chief of R&D.

Our partnership with […] DDR&D dates back many years. We work together to achieve the ongoing enhancement of the innovative navigation systems for Israel. The new centre 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,” added TAMAM General Manager, Avi Elisha.

Inauguration of the Navigation Technologies Centre. (Photo: IAI)

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