In a move that may underline that some good can come from the most unlikely directions, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 3 July that it has entered into a historic collaboration agreement with Group42, a company based in Abu Dhabi, covering research and development of potential solutions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreement was signed between IAI’s ELTA Group and Group42 via a video conference call between the UAE and Israel. In the call, representatives of both companies discussed ways to leverage artificial intelligence and other innovative technologies, including lasers and sensors, to develop new COVID-19 focused systems. The solutions, as well as joint medical and technological initiatives, are meant to help not only the populations of both countries but also aid in the global battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the healthcare situation of the entire region.

Yoav Turgeman, CEO of IAI’s ELTA Group. (Photo: IAI)

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