Boeing Company

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An American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide.

Boeing aircrafts have been used by the Israeli military since 1948.

Since 1990, the Apache helicopters have been used by the Israeli Air Force in military attacks and in Israel's targeted killings in the besieged Gaza, and in military trainings in the occupied West Bank and Syrian Golan. Boeing Harpoon anti-ship missiles are in use in the Israeli Navy Sa’ar ships, used to enforce the illegal naval siege of Gaza.

The company has provided Israel with AH-64 Apache helicopters, F-15 fighter jets, Hellfire missiles, MK-84 2000-lb bombs, MK-82 500-lb bombs, and Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) kits that turn bombs into “smart” GPS-equipped guided bombs.

The company is the manufacture of Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 missile systems, a US-Israeli anti-ballistic missile systems, jointly funded, developed and produced by Israel and the United States.

Israeli military attacks on Gaza

2022: Boeing attack helicopters and fighter jets were used in Israel’s assault on Gaza, between August 5th and 7th, 2022, during which 44 Palestinians were killed, including 15 children and 4 women, and 360 wounded.

2021: On May 5, 2021, five days before May 2021 Israeli attack on Gaza, the US State Department formally notified a proposed USD 735 million sale of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits and Small Diameter Bombs (SDBs) manufactured by Boeing to Israel. On May 20, the US administration approved an export license for the sale.

2019: In November 2019, an Israeli JDAM-guided bomb killed eight family members, five children and three adults, in the city of Dir al-Balah in Gaza.

2014: In 2014, Israeli forces used JDAM guiding systems, Apache helicopters, and Dense Inert Metal Explosions (DIME) in Israel’s military attack on Gaza. At least 13 Palestinian children were killed by missiles fired directly from Apache helicopters. Israeli forces conducted over 6,000 airstrikes in Gaza and damaged or destroyed 18,000 housing units, 73 medical facilities, and many ambulances. 2,251 Palestinians were killed during the military assault, of whom 551 were children.

2008-2009: Boeing AH-64 Apache combat helicopters were also used in Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2008-2009, during which 1,383 Palestinians were killed, of whom 333 were children. Amnesty International documented the use of Hellfire missiles in the killing of children and medical staff in Gaza. The missiles used are produced by Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture.

The Boeing AH-64 Apache combat helicopter has two General Electric T700-GE-701 engines.

Services to the Israeli Ministry of Defense

In December 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Defense signed an agreement with the American government for the purchase of two additional (total four) Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aircrafts for USD 1.1 billion, paid from US foreign aid funds. Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is a military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft, which according to the agreement, will be adapted to the Israeli Air Force operational requirements, and Israeli systems will be integrated into them.  

In December 2020, Boeing signed a five-year contract to provide the Israeli Air Force integrated logistics support for Israel’s AH-64A-model and D-model Apache helicopters, as a follow-on contract to Boeing’s current Apache support. The contract includes deliverance of logistical, program, engineering, and technical support, unique repairs, an in-country field service representative, and overhaul material kits for various drivetrain systems, including transmissions and gearboxes.

Boeing Israel

In January 2022, Major General (Ret.) Ido Nehushtan, former commander of the Israeli Air Force, was appointed to the position of president of Boeing Israel. Boeing Israel former president, David Evri, was also the Air Force Commander, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director General of Defense.

Cooperation with the Cyber Directorate

In July 2022, head of the Israel National Cyber Directorate in the Israeli government signed a cooperation agreement for the promotion of Civil Aviation Cyber with Boeing Company. The agreement included knowledge sharing, threat identification, and development of civil aviation protection solutions, in collaboration with the cyber and aviation industries in Israel.

Boeing planes that have been in use by the Israeli Air Force:

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber, PBY Catalina flying boat, P-51 Mustang fighter, Boeing PT-17 Stearman military aircraft, Boeing 707, Boeing 377 Stratocruiser airliner, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk attack aircraft, F-4 Phantom, Douglas C-3, Douglas C-47 Skytrain, F-15 Strike Eagle, and F15i Ra’am attack and interception fighter, which is manufactured in cooperation with Israeli Elisra Group, and state-owned Elta Systems Ltd. and IAI.