Israel Aerospace Industries is launching a new research and development center in Singapore on Thursday, with the aim of finding new techniques and technologies to provide early warnings of impending cyber attacks.

The center is the first that an Israeli defense corporation has opened in the Far East, and its work force is expected to comprise 80 to 90 percent Singaporean staff, including scientists, engineers and professional computer analysts (known as white-hat hackers).

Esti Peshin, head of the Cyber Programs section at IAI’s subsidiary Elta, told The Jerusalem Post by phone from Singapore that the project was being set up in cooperation with Singapore’s Economic Development Board and that it represented a milestone for the Israeli defense industry.