According to Israel Hayom, 200 Haredi women software engineers from the ultra-Orthodox community of Bnei Brak will work on creating uncrewed aerial vehicles for the Israeli military.
Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense company, produces the Hermes 900 uncrewed aerial vehicle, which is utilized for intelligence gathering and attacks on adversary sites.
It has been sold to 12 other militaries, including Singapore and Azerbaijan, as well as, reportedly, Canada, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines, and is known as “Star” in the Israel Defense Forces.
The engineers were introduced by Elbit President Bezhalel Machles on Monday and will work for both Elbit and the ROX development company.
Machles stated during remarks at the inaugural ceremony that Elbit places a high value on including women from the Haredi community in cutting-edge work that is important to the country’s security.
“These are programmers at the highest level, who enjoy a good employment horizon and professional empowerment,” Machles said.
“We strive to copy the model of employing programmers from the Haredi sector to other communities in Israel where we have production centers or next to them, such as Arad,” Machles added.