Israel Military Industries Ltd.

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: Ta'as [1] (Hebrew acronym)
Location: Ramat Hasharon (headquarters)
Subordinate To: Israel Ministry of Defense
Size: Multiple factories; approximately 3,200 employees [2]
Facility Status: Operational

The pre-state Jewish governance, operating within the Palestinian Mandate, founded Israel Military Industries (IMI) in 1933. Jane's reports that privatization of IMI will occur in the near future. [3] The Israeli government was forced to supply IMI with emergency loans twice in 2009. [4] In April 2010, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance, and IMI management agreed to either make an initial public offering or sell the company outright. [5]

IMI specializes in the development and manufacture of battle systems, selling its products to both the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and some foreign countries. [6] IMI's rocket systems division manufactures propulsion systems for ballistic missiles, including the solid-propellant motors used for the Jericho II and the Shavit SLV. [7]

IMI also produces the Delilah family of light-weight cruise missiles, including its air-launched, ground-launched, helicopter-launched, and ship-launched variants. [8]

[1] Gerald Steinberg, "Israel: Case Study for International Missile Trade and Nonproliferation Project," in The International Missile Bazaar: The New Suppliers Network, eds. William Potter and Harlan Jencks (Boulder: Westview Press, 1993), pp. 235-253.
[2] Susan T. Jackson and the SIPRI Arms Industry Network, "The SIPRI Top 100 Arms-Producing Companies, 2008," Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 26 May 2010,
[3] Matthew Bell, "IMI finally moves toward privatization," Jane's Defence Weekly, 9 December 2009.
[4] Sharon Wrobel, "Gov't okays NIS 120m. emergency loan for Israel Military Industries. Deadline of 60 days set for privatization plan," Jerusalem Post, 7 December 2009.
[5] Merav Ankori, "Breakthrough in Treasury, Defense Ministry IMI battle; If an IPO is deemed impossible, the company will be sold outright," Globes, 21 April 2010; "Israel Aerospace Industries punches above its weight and believes it could get even bigger without government ownership," Flight International, 26 January 2010.
[6] "About IMI," Israel Military Industries Ltd., 22 March 2010,
[7] "Jericho 1/2/3 (YA-1/YA-3)," Jane's Strategic Weapon Systems, 3 August 2009.
[8] "DELILAH," Israel Military Industries Ltd., 30 March 2010,

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