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Israel's defense exports on the rise, drone customers up 40% since 2020

Israel’s defense exports have been boosted in part by the normalization of relations with several Arab states.
Drone package delivery takes off in Jerusalem on September 13, 2023. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

The number of countries receiving defense exports from Israel has risen considerably in the past three years, according to data revealed on Monday, further indicating the growth of Israel’s defense sector.

Israel approved the sale of drones to 56 countries in 2022, up from 41 countries in 2021 and 40 in 2020 — an increase of 40% over the three years. Israel also approved the sale of munitions to 61 countries in 2022, compared to 60 in 2021 and 42 in 2020, constituting a 45% increase over the three years. Israel approved the sale of intelligence and cyber systems to 83 countries in 2022, up from 70 in 2021 and 67 in 2020. This was an increase of 24% from 2020 to 2022, according to Israeli Defense Ministry data obtained by human rights lawyer Eitay Mack and sent to Al-Monitor. Mack received the data via a freedom of information request.

The information was first reported by the Israeli news outlet Haaretz.

The number of countries to which Israel is selling training programs is also on the rise. Israel approved the sale of 17 such programs in 2022, up from five in 2021 and just two in 2020, according to the data.

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