Rescue efforts begin for UAS exports to Poland

This is a fiasco. The Israeli ministry of defence is trying to find a way to allow Israeli companies to supply at least part of expected Polish requirements for unmanned air systems. Earlier this year the MoD withdrew export permits to Poland held by two major Israeli UAS manufacturers – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and […]

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Aerial refuelling keeps fighters on station

The Israeli air force’s in-flight refuelling capability has been built with long range combat missions in mind – you need an accompanying fuel station in the skies. However, the current “Protective Edge” operation in Gaza proves there are exceptions In addition to ground manoeuvres in the Gaza Strip, the IAF’s airstrikes continue. Although the fighting […]

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The FAA ban on flights to Israel – reality beats instincts

There are many indications that the 36h ban on flights to Israel was imposed by the US Federal Aviation Administration as an instinctive reaction more than one based on facts. The ban was lifted this morning without a change in the basic facts – the fighting in Gaza continues and  Hamas still has a large […]

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Search, locate and destroy the rocket launchers – the crucial role of UAS

Unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli defense forces (IDF) are playing a major role in the effort to locate and destroy rocket launchers in Gaza. The name of the game in this operation is shorten the sensor to shooter time. When rockets are launched there are only a few seconds to hit the […]

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Israeli air force helicopters perform medical evacuation missions under fire

Israeli air force combat aircraft have so far performed hundreds of missions over Gaza as part of the general effort to stop rockets being launched into Israel. The air strikes also aim to suppress ground fire aimed at the Israeli Defense Forces ground units that entered Gaza when the aerial campaign also became a ground […]

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IAI seeks to boost civil market share with new light “flying limo”

It is another effort to capture a bigger share of the civil market. The move has been expected for some time but now more details have emerged: Israel Aerospace Industries has sets its sights on a market that does not exist but which the company thinks has big potential. IAI is developing a small executive […]

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Robots start to move into commercial aviation

Unmanned air systems (UAS) are currently used for defence and civil applications, but many observers claim that it is only a question of time before the unmanned “fashion”  penetrates commercial aviation. That, I think, will take time – more because of psychological reasons than technological ones – but the industry is going into the robotic […]

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Israel Aerospace Industries expands Brazilian footprint

Israel Aerospace Industries is expanding its presence in Brazil. European Advanced Technology has acquired a minority holding in São Paulo-based Avionics Service as part of the IAI subsidiary’s strategic expansion into the Brazilian defence market. IAI has also signed a co-operation agreement with Avionics Service to conduct activities in the Brazilian defence market including marketing […]

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Different generations of surface-to-air missiles tackle new threats

The multiple layers of the Israeli air defence system yesterday proved one of its capabilities. While the Iron Dome system continues to intercept rockets launched from Gaza, a Patriot surface-to-air missile shot down an unmanned air system (UAS) operated by the Hamas terror organisation. The threat of hostile UAS has increased since the Second Lebanon […]

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Fly low and survive

Flying low is often the best protection for helicopters on military missions. However, when flying just above the ground the problem is how to avoid all the known and unknown obstacles that can hit you just as hard as gunfire. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently unveiled helicopter safety technology which enables flight in degraded […]

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