Israel achieved independence in 1948 and was almost immediately forced to defend itself as neighboring Arab states launched a war to destroy the nascent country. The country faced additional threats in the decades that followed, most notably the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. More recently, Israel has contended with Palestinian intifadas (uprisings), particularly the second intifada of 2000-2005, which was marked by suicide bombing campaigns and other acts of terror. The country has also been involved in recent wars with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s primary strategic concern as of 2013 was Iran’s nuclear program, although military planners have also been forced to deal with rocket threats from Hezbollah and Hamas, and the rise of jihadi groups in Syria and Egypt. Israel, as of 2013, was engaged in diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinian Authority to reach a lasting agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • GDP
    $240.9 Billion
  • Military EXHD
    5.4% of GDP

Raytheon Awarded $12 Million to Provide Engineering Services to Israeli Patriot Missiles

Raytheon, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded an $11,951,853 modification (P00001) to foreign military sales (Israel) contract W31P4Q-17-C-0073 for engineering services for the PATRIOT weapon system. Work will be performed in Andover, Massachusetts; Billerica, Massachusetts; Burlington, Massachusetts; El Segundo, California; El Paso, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; Indianapolis, Indiana; Tewksbury, Massachusetts; and White Sands, New Mexico, with an estimated […]

State Department Approves $440 Million Sale of 76mm Naval Guns to Israel

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for 76mm Naval Gun and Technical Support. The estimated cost is $440 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 26, 2017. The Government of Israel has requested a possible […]

Lockheed Martin Awarded $11 Million to Procure Components for Israeli F-35 Production

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,800,000 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0033) for additional hardware modules and racks in support of the F-35 low-rate initial production Lot 11 aircraft for the government of Israel under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be […]

Israeli Navy Gets Final Super Dvora MK III

The Israeli Navy received the last of three Super Dvora MK III fast patrol boats on 27 April. Built by Israel Aerospace Industries Ramta, the boats are the latest C variant, meaning they have improved communications equipment, the latest weapons systems, an upgraded machine room, and more space for the crew, the Israel Defense Forces […]

Israel Welcomes Latest Trio of F-35s

Three additional Lockheed Martin F-35s landed at Nevatim air base in Israel on 23 April, taking the number of fifth-generation fighters to arrive in the nation to five. An initial pair of the conventional take-off and landing type touched down at the same site on 12 December 2016. The Israeli air force’s “Golden Eagle” squadron […]

Raytheon Awarded $79 Million to Provide AIM-9X Missile Sustainment to Israel, Kuwait, Others

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded $78,723,292 for modification P00022 to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-15-D-0028).  This modification provides for support and sustainment of the AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles in support of the Navy,  Air Force and the governments of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Oman, Malaysia, […]

Israeli Navy Backs Netanyahu’s Submarine Scheme

In a dramatic departure from previous Israeli Navy modernization plans — which prescribed several years of study before determining requirements for its future undersea force — a senior officer now says the service needs three new Dolphin AIP-class submarines “as fast as possible.” The sense of urgency communicated by the officer marked an about-face from plans articulated by a […]

Israel Marks Operational Deployment of David’s Sling

In Sunday ceremonies marking operational deployment of the jointly developed U.S.-Israel David’s Sling Weapon System, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned: “Whoever seeks to hit us will be hit. Whoever threatens our existence places himself in existential danger.” Speaking ahead of the Israeli defense minister, Air Force commander and other dignitaries at the Hatzor Airbase, […]

Raytheon Awarded $23 Million to Provide Patriot Missile Support to Israel, Qatar, Kuwait, Others

Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $23,044,183 cost-plus-fixed-fee, foreign military sales (Israel, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Republic of Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Luxembourg and Saudi Arabia) contract for support necessary to execute PATRIOT Field Surveillance program to include missile assessments, testing, recertification, and repair activities. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 459* (12*)

Aircraft 648* (91*)

Artillery 1,488 (0)

Ground Vehicles 12,131* (611)

Guided Munitions 20,950* (23,200)

Personnel 641,500 (0)

Ships 77* (8)