Defense News - Israel
|Monday, February 6, 2012, 09:04 AM|
|Israeli-made Plasan armor saves United States soldiers' lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.|
US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro visted Kibbutz Sasa in northern Galilee, home to Plasan factory, in late January to learn about the company's advanced armor technologies, which have saved countless American soldiers' lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Israel's Plasan factory manufactures armor which is used in the majority of the US military's armored vehicles.
U.S. Marine Corps Oshkosh truck with upgrade armor of Israeli Plasan Defence Company.
"I just recently visited Kibbutz Sasa, the home of Plasan," Shapiro said at the IDC Herzliya Conference on Wednesday. "Plasan met the call to help protect American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan when they were able to surge the production of up-armor kits for Humvees and for mine-resistant vehicles. These armor kits were critical in saving the lives of thousands of US soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen when they faced the threat of IEDs and RPG attacks."
Through partnerships with global vehicle manufacturers and system integrators, Plasan lends support with a combination of technical expertise, combat-proven technologies and complete ballistic protection capabilities.
He went on to say, "When you look at the burgeoning economic relationship we have, particularly in the high-tech sector, if we didn’t have the start-up nation here in Israel, we would have to invent it – for the sake of our own economy.