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Israeli defense firm plans expansion of Howard County office

Israeli defense firm plans expansion of MD office

The U.S. affiliate of an Israeli defense company, wooed to Maryland in 2012, is moving to bigger offices next month and plans hire 50 more people in the next few years.

The announcement of the ELTA North America expansion was made as part of the state's trade mission to Israel, where Gov. Larry Hogan met with executives of the firm, ELTA Systems Ltd., a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries.

The radar manufacturer works on Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile system and has been involved in developing responses to drones. ELTA North America is moving to a 21,500-square-foot space in Annapolis Junction next month, space roughly triple the size of its current offices in Maple Lawn.

The firm opened its offices in Maryland in 2012 with less than a dozen employees and the goal of growing to 100 over four years. Thursday's announcement said the firm expects to hire 50 people over the next two to three years. It was not immediately clear how many people currently work at the Maryland location.

nsherman@baltsun.com

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