By Gili Cohen
Israel is the world’s largest exporter of unmanned aircraft, in terms of the number of systems sold, a study has found.
Over the last eight years Israel has exported $4.6 billion worth of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a study by the business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
UAVs, or drones, constitute nearly 10 percent of Israel’s total military exports.
Unmanned equipment exports are a relatively volatile market, the report shows.
Israel had $150 million in UAV exports in 2008, a figure which increased substantially in 2009 to $650 million. Exports of the small surveillance planes peaked in 2010, a record year for drone sales, to $979 million.