Mission Statement
Aerospace, Defense, and Safety and Security Trade Mission
at Defendory, Athens, Greece

October 7-10, 2008

Optional Stop in Tel Aviv, Israel
October 5-6, 2008

Mission Description:
The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, U.S. Commercial Service is organizing an Aerospace, Defense, and Safety and Security Trade Mission, October 7-10, 2008, to Athens, Greece, with an optional stop in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 5-6, 2008.  The mission will coincide with Defendory 2008 (http://www.defendoryinternational.gr/home.htm) in Athens, where U.S. participants will meet with both Greek and Turkish business contacts. 

Held every two years since its inception in 1980, Defendory is one of the world’s leading defense exhibitions, showcasing sea, land and air defense products and technologies.  Defendory 2006 attracted 32,000 professional visitors from 84 countries, including 98 official government and armed forces delegations from 51 countries.  Defendory 2006 hosted 440 exhibitors from 30 countries, including approximately 50 from the United States.

The trade mission will target a broad range of aerospace, defense, and safety and security products and services, and will consist of customized one-on-one appointments at the Defendory exhibit site between U.S. participants and Greek customers/business partners, as well as Turkish customers/ business partners.  Delegation members may wish to maximize their time in the region by taking advantage of the optional stop in Israel before the mission starts in Greece.  

The goal of the mission will be to match participating U.S. companies with pre-screened agents, distributors, representatives, licensees, buyers, and joint venture partners, and where appropriate, arrange for appointments with government officials, traditionally large purchasers of products and services in the highlighted sectors.  Consumers in Greece, Turkey and Israel have a strong affinity for U.S. products and services in these sectors.

Commercial Setting:

Greece’s allocation of gross domestic product (GDP) for defense is the highest in the European Union (EU).  A partner in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Greece is continuing to modernize the Hellenic Armed Forces and shift its force structure toward smaller, more flexible formations.  To achieve this, the government has announced plans to spend more than $3 billion by 2011, in addition to the $8 billion it has spent in recent years on defense equipment.

Greece provides U.S. defense firms with excellent opportunities as it pursues a number of high-priority programs, including new frigates, helicopters, missiles, fighters and “new generation” trainer aircraft.  It is estimated that U.S. firms could capture up to $2 billion in business under this modernization program.  To take full advantage of these opportunities, U.S. firms must understand the complexities of the Greek market, including its often-unpredictable tendering process, as well as the competition from the EU and other areas. In this regard, a local consultant or partner is essential.

The terrorist attacks in New York, Madrid and London, increasing attacks on businesses, and the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Athens, led to an important change in Greece’s – and other countries’ – attitudes towards security and counter-terrorism.  The necessity for more and better security has resulted in increased market potential associated with the upgrading of Greek airport and port security, to be funded from the Greek national budget, EU funds, the Interregional Plan, and public-private partnerships.

Opportunities for U.S. firms exist in a number of projects in various airport and port safety and security sub-sectors.  The Greek civil aviation structure consists of 82 commercial airports, of which 38 are under the jurisdiction of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA).  According to the HCAA, total airport traffic in Greece through 2006 reached 40 million travelers, and is expected to increase to more than 50 million by 2010.  Greece has 123 cargo/passenger ports that handle passenger ships, cruise ships and cargo.  The main ports, so-called national ports, are Piraeus and Thessaloniki, serving as a gateway to the Balkans. 

Significant developments that will influence demand for port safety and security include equipment upgrades associated with the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and/or International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), as well as the HCAA’s plans for security upgrades.  The ISPS Code defines, among other things, a series of mandatory measures to strengthen maritime security and prevent acts of terrorism against shipping and port facilities.

One offshoot of these requirements is the Greek Ministry of Merchant Marine’s plans to announce, by the end of 2008, an international tender worth more than $496 million for the design, implementation and operation of a fully integrated security system for 12 Greek national ports.  The system will include surface, underwater and perimeter security according to the ISPS Code.  A second tender will follow to cover the remaining Greek ports.

U.S. firms specializing in airport and port safety and security are uniquely qualified for projects in the above-cited areas, as U.S. companies enjoy an excellent reputation for high-quality equipment, advanced technology, superior technical proficiency, and expertise in the design and execution of large-scale security projects.  Security products with new, innovative and sophisticated features are in demand in this sector, which offers excellent growth potential over the next several years.  Despite strong competition from European companies, American companies have the potential to capture a significant share of this lucrative market.

Located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Turkey is prepared to defend its national interest along many different fronts.  Turkey maintains the second largest land force in NATO and second largest fleet of F-16s, second only to the United States.  Turkey’s role in NATO – including support of security initiatives and humanitarian operations in the region, as well as regional crisis management – is one of the cornerstones of the nation’s relationship with the United States.  The FY 2007 Ministry of Defense (MOD) budget resulted in a 12% increase compared to FY 2006 and reached 13.2 billion in New Turkish Liras, constituting 2.1% of the gross national product (GNP).  This does not include spending by either the Ministry of Interior’s Gendarme or the Under secretariat for Defense Industry procurements.  Potential major procurements in 2008 are expected to include frigates, submarines, coastal surveillance radars, tactical wheeled vehicles, satellites, and air defense systems.  

The safety and security market in Turkey is new and developing rapidly.  The market size was estimated to be $3 billion in 2007 – approximately $2.5 billion of which was devoted to physical security services such as private security guards, patrols, and training.  Biometrics, closed circuit systems (CCTV), access detectors, and X-ray equipment are among the best prospects for equipment.  As Turkey’s economy continues to develop, the market for electronic security methods and services is expected to increase accordingly.   

In the homeland security, defense and aerospace sectors, U.S. exporters are the preferred suppliers for Israeli companies.  The attractive dollar exchange rate, sophisticated technologies, cultural affinities, and strong political and commercial bonds between the United States and Israel are the main factors why Israeli manufacturers look to do business with U.S. firms.

Israel is a well-developed and sophisticated market for homeland security equipment and services.  Israel’s security-awareness and high level of preparedness are the driving forces for the development of the country’s cutting edge security industry, which in 2007 produced an estimated $4.5 billion in equipment and services.  Israel’s homeland security industry involves approximately 600 local firms.

Israel is an attractive market for U.S. manufacturers of high-end equipment and of components that can be integrated into Israeli systems.  The import market, estimated at $510 million has a 70% U.S. market share.  U.S. exporters dominate the market for sophisticated equipment used in homeland security applications.  U.S. security equipment, which enjoys an excellent reputation in Israel due to its high reliability, is often used for sensitive applications, by high-security industries and for key infrastructures and installations.  The market offers good opportunities for U.S. exporters of high-quality and sophisticated detection and screening systems, CCTV, sensors, biometric solutions, x-ray systems, and non-lethal weapons.

For U.S. exporters of defense systems and components, Israel offers excellent market potential.  Estimated total market size is $3.5 billion, with imports totaling $2.5 billion.  Over 70 percent of the $5.3 billion local production is exported.  Import of defense items from the United States amounts to approximately $2 billion.  Many procurements are made with Foreign Military Financing (FMF), giving a distinct advantage to U.S. manufacturers, as FMF requirements call for 51-percent U.S. content in purchased equipment. 

Israel has a large and modern air force, successful international and regional airlines, hundreds of registered general aviation and sport aircraft, and an advanced aerospace industry.  Israeli defense companies have developed and manufactured combat aircraft, business jets, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, space launchers, and satellites.  Over the years, Israel has become a world leader in many aerospace fields. 

The increasing needs of Israel’s growing defense and aerospace industries offer good opportunities for U.S. exporters.  Selling to the Israeli military often involves the MOD’s mission in New York, and many of the major Israeli defense industries have offices and/or subsidiaries in the United States.

Mission Goals:

The trade mission’s goal is to provide market entry or increased sales in the mission markets for U.S. aerospace, defense and/or safety and security firms, as well as first-hand market information and access to potential business partners.

Mission Scenario:

The delegation will spend five days in Athens.  In cooperation with CS Ankara and CS Istanbul, Turkish distributors, agents and other appropriate business partners will be invited to meet with the mission participants in Athens.

Mission participants may participate in an optional mission stop in Tel Aviv, Israel, where the CS will arrange one-on-one appointments with potential Israeli customers and/or business partners and provide briefings on the Israeli market.  Companies opting to stop first in Israel will pay Gold Key Service fees directly to CS Tel Aviv.

In Greece, the U.S. Commercial Service will:

Proposed Timetable for Israel Option:
Saturday October 4, 2008
Arrive in Tel Aviv

Sunday October 5, 2008
Market Briefing
Business Appointments

Monday October 6, 2008
Business Appointments
Depart for Athens

Proposed Timetable for Athens:

Tuesday October 7, 2008
Trade Fair and Business Appointments

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Trade Fair and Business Appointments

Thursday, October 9, 2008
Trade Fair and Business Appointments

Friday, October 10, 2008
Trade Fair and Business Appointments
Conclusion of Mission

Saturday, October 11 2008
Conclusion of Trade Fair

Criteria for Participation:

Any partisan political activities of an applicant, including political contributions, will be entirely irrelevant to the selection process.

The mission will be recruited by the Aerospace/Defense and Safety and Security Teams, and will be promoted through the following venues:  Export Assistance Centers and the above-mentioned Teams; CS Trade Events List on www.export.gov; industry newsletters; the Federal Register; relevant trade publications; relevant trade associations; announcements to past Commerce trade mission participants and to various in-house and purchased industry lists; and the Commerce Department trade missions calendar:  www.ita.doc.gov/doctm/tmcal.html.

Recruitment will begin immediately and will close approximately six weeks prior to the mission.  Recruitment will be conducted on a first come-first served basis.  The trade mission participation fee will be U.S. $3,000 per company.  The rates for the Israel option are $735 for the first day of appointments and $360 for the second day of appointments. The participation fee does not include the cost of travel, lodging, and most meals.  Participation is open to the first 10 qualified U.S. companies.  Applications received after the recruitment deadline will be considered only if space and scheduling constraints permit.

Contact Information:
Diane Mooney, Project Manager
U.S. Commercial Service
2601 Fourth Avenue, Suite 320
Seattle, Washington  98121
Phone:  206-553-5615, ext. 236

Safety and Security:
Suzette Nickle
U.S. Commercial Service
1625 Broadway, Suite 680
Denver, CO 80202
Phone:  303-844-6623 ext. 16

U.S. Embassy Athens:
Bill Kutson
Commercial Attaché
U.S. Embassy Athens
U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service
91 Vas. Sophias Avenue
GR-101 60 Athens, Greece
Phone:  30-210-720-2146