Epsilor entered the military market during the first Gulf war, in 1991, as part of the Israel Defense Forces unprecedented campaign to distribute millions of gas masks to the entire Israeli population.
In fall 1990, after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and during the establishment of a US led coalition to free Kuwait, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, threatened to shoot ballistic missiles on Israel.
The Israeli leadership made the decision to distribute millions of gas masks to the Israeli population. Some of these masks, designated for children, elderly and sick people, included a forced ventilation system with batteries.
Epsilor responded to the IDF’s call to develop and manufacture tens of thousands of batteries within a few months.
The Iraqi army shot 40 missiles on Israel, causing relatively minor damage. Epsilor become a world recognized manufacturer of military grade batteries and a close industrial partner of the Israeli Defense Forces.