SIBAT (Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Organization)

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: Defense Export and Defense Cooperation Agency
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Subordinate To: Ministry of Defense
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Operational

SIBAT, a department of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, regulates Israeli defense sales by managing licensing and export controls. Other SIBAT responsibilities include brand marketing and distributing a catalog for international customers of Israeli defense firm product lines. [1]

According to the Congressional Research Service, Israeli defense exports, and specifically signed contracts for new exports, totaled $4.4 billion in 2007. [2] SIPRI estimates that from 2007 to 2009 missiles and related equipment sales accounted for 22% of the total volume of Israeli defense exports. [3] From 2000 to 2009, Chile, China, India, Turkey, and the United States were the major importers of Israeli missiles. [4] Officially, Israel does not export any technology related to its top-secret Jericho ballistic missiles or ABM systems, with foreign sales consisting primarily of cruise missiles and SAMs. [5]

Sources:
[1] "About SIBAT," SIBAT Israel Ministry of Defense, 7 May 2010, www.sibat.mod.il.gov.
[2] Carol Migdalovitz, "Israel: Background and Relations with the United States," Congressional Research Service, 2 April 2009, www.fas.org.
[3] "TIV of arms exports from Israel by category, 2007-2009," SIPRI Arms Transfer Database, 7 May 2010, www.armstrade.sipri.org.
[4] "Transfers of major conventional weapons: sorted by recipient. Deals with deliveries or orders made for year range 2000 to 2009," SIPRI Arms Transfer Database, 7 May 2010, www.armstrade.sipri.org.
[5] "Transfers of major conventional weapons: sorted by recipient. Deals with deliveries or orders made for year range 1990 to 2009," SIPRI Arms Transfer Database, 7 May 2010, www.armstrade.sipri.org.

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