IAI and Matrix collaborate on AI development center focused on Automated Target Detection in battlefields

New technology will help battlefields and be implemented into IAI’s satellite, space, defense, assault, and other systems

James Spiro 13:2022.02.21

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed an agreement with Matrix, an AI and machine learning application service, to open a joint AI excellence center. Together, the companies will co-develop AI, machine learning, and Big Data solutions which will be integrated into systems belonging to IAI, notably its satellite, space, defense and attack systems, missiles, homing heads, and more.


“The collaboration with Matrix Defense is part of the open innovation IAI promotes,” explains Inbal Kreiss, Head of IAI’s Systems Missiles & Space Group Innovation Center. “The state-of-the-art technologies we develop and implement provide the business lines technological value and increase the effectiveness of our advanced systems for our customers. Expanding the existing AI capabilities will enhance the performance on the future battlefield, making our systems significantly more robust."


IAI's President & CEO Boaz Levy with Matrix CEO Moti Gutman, at the agreement signing. Photo: Israel Hadari IAI's President & CEO Boaz Levy with Matrix CEO Moti Gutman, at the agreement signing. Photo: Israel Hadari


IAI has been using artificial intelligence for a few years, but it will now leverage the new excellence center to work with Matrix Defense on scaling the already-existing capabilities while developing new ones. The teams will work together with a group of experts in fields pertaining to satellites, missiles, strategic systems, and more. They will also work alongside content experts on AI, analytical engines, and big data.

Ron Barak, Head of AI Research at Matrix Defense, added that “over the years, Matrix has built a leading AI research center which emphasizes deep learning. Matrix’s solutions are integrated into a broad range of information-generating channels and digital transformation, providing significant value to our civilian and defense customers. We believe that joining forces with IAI’s experts will enable the two companies to create breakthrough capabilities for IAI’s core activities."


IAI was established in 1953 and is one of Israel’s largest tech employers. It is an aerospace and defense company developing technologies for space, air, land, naval, and cyber markets. Matrix Defense has more than 30 years’ experience in engineering, system development, cyber, and deep learning defense. Its previous clients include the Ministry of Defense and the Israel Defense Forces, particularly in air and missile defense and cyber systems development.