Founding Team

BIRD Aerosystems was founded in 2001 by Mr. Ronen Factor, Mr. David Dragucki and Mr. Zahi Ben Ari. Together they merged their individual talents, knowledge, operational know-how and wide expertise in avionics and various airborne weapon systems to create a leading company providing special mission aircraft solutions and airborne missile protection systems. The founders all served in the prestigious Israeli Air Force, either as pilots or as senior program managers, gaining invaluable experience in combat situations and a deep understanding of complex operational requirements. It is this experience and understanding that laid the foundation for the company during its inception and what guides it still today.

Mr. Ronen Factor

Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Mr. Ronen Factor heads the company as part of a joint management team together with Mr. David Dragucki. In particular, he leads the business development and finance departments in the company.
Mr. Factor has vast experience in Avionics and airborne EW systems.
Prior to founding BIRD, Mr. Factor led EW programs; from basic conceptualization to full implementation at various customer sites, taking responsibility for both program management and comprehensive business development.
Mr. Factor was also one of the leading system engineers in the development of the South African Rooivalk attack helicopter, and was responsible for the complete helicopter's Human Machine Interface as well as system integration and testing of the helicopter's weapons, avionics, vision and EW systems.
Mr. Factor holds a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering, from Ben-Gurion University and served as an attack helicopter pilot in the Israeli Air Force for many years.

Mr. David Dragucki (Drago)

Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Mr. Dragucki heads the company as part of a joint management team together with Mr. Ronen Factor.
Mr. Dragucki has vast experience specializing in air-to-ground weapon systems, UAVs, avionics, and airborne EW systems.
Prior to founding BIRD, Mr. Dragucki was the program director for major air-to-surface missile programs for the IMOD and for major Israeli defense companies. In addition, he was contracted by the largest Israeli defense company to manage one of its major UAV programs for a foreign client.
Mr. Dragucki served as an officer and program manager for the Israeli Air Force heading the Delilah air-to-ground weapon system program.
Mr. Dragucki holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, and a MA in Business Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mr. Zahi Ben-Ari

Founder

Mr. Ben-Ari has vast experience in system design and system architecture of UAVs, aircraft avionics and operational requirement definitions. He specializes in airborne weapon systems.
Prior to founding BIRD, Mr. Ben-Ari worked as a senior system engineer for several leading defense companies in Israel and was responsible for the system engineering activities for major, state-of-the-art air-to-surface missile programs as well as for UAV programs.
Mr. Ben-Ari holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and served for many years as an F-4 Phantom fighter WSO (Weapon Systems Operator) in the Israeli Air Force.

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