Israeli air force wages war in cyberspace

The Israeli air force Ofek (“Horizon”) computing unit is leading the development of protection layers that try to keep hackers from causing harm without pulling a trigger. The unit developed an application that was a target for hackers from around the world as part of a “cyber challenge” held at an international conference hosted by […]

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Questions linger over what went wrong in Arrow 2 interceptor test

No official statement has been released on the results of the Arrow 2 test in Israel last week, but all signs point to at least a partial failure. While the specific problems that affected interception of the target are still unclear, what is clear is that this operational weapons system is being upgraded as threats […]

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Israeli Fox streamlines All Nippon Airways staff training

An Israeli-developed system will help All Nippon Airways to conduct training more efficiently. ANA has selected the Fox training management system, developed by the Israeli company Britannica Knowledge Systems, to improve its training operation. Major Fox system components that ANA employs include training resource and scheduling management, qualification management, grading, record keeping and an online […]

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Azerbaijan and Israel – the honeymoon continues

The continued “honeymoon” between Israel and Azerbaijan reached a new peak this week, when the Israeli defence minister visited the eastern European nation to officially open a display of Israeli-made weapon systems offered to the country. One look at the world map explains the close relations between the two countries. Fifteen Israeli defence companies are […]

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Aircraft seized by the Islamic State may be used for suicide attacks

At this stage the aerial platforms seized by Islamic State militants in Syria are not posing any threat to Israel. According to a report on the Independent website, in recent days the Islamic State added Syrian fighter jets to its growing inventory, after capturing an air base where they killed at least 200 prisoners. At least three […]

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The aircraft upgrade market shows signs of recovery

When countries look at the threats they face alongside their budgets and the price of new fighter aircraft, the approach that has often emerged recently is to upgrade. Installing advanced new systems on old airframes with old engines seems sufficient to address many requirements. After some years of relative weakness, the upgrades market looks set […]

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New simulators for the growing air threat

Rockets, missiles and unmanned air systems (UAS) are currently the main aerial threat to Israel. During the recent Protective Edge operation, Israeli air force (IAF) air defence units shot down hundred of rockets and a small number of UAS. This threat will be larger in any future confrontation either on the southern or northern borders […]

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Polish navy tests Barak-8 missile

The Polish navy is evaluating the Israeli developed Barak-8 missile for the protection of its new navy ships. With a top speed of Mach 2 and a maximum operational range of 38nm (70km), the Barak-8 is  4.5m (14.8ft) long and has a diameter of 0.54m. Its wingspan is 0.94m and it weighs 275kg (606lb), including […]

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The Syrian civil war and the IAF’s ‘zero-time reaction’

The civil war in Syria and the extreme Islamic organisations that control parts of the country pose a big problem for the Israeli air force (IAF). To avoid any attempt by the rebels to use the unclear and fast-changing situation in Syria to their advantage, the IAF is taking measures that can be summed up […]

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The fast-track approval process for weapons during fighting

The nature of the Israeli air force operations over Gaza during the recent operation Protective Edge required the use of special weapons systems to achieve more accurate hits in one of the world’s most densely populated areas. The soldiers and officers of the Israeli air force Flight Test Squadron from Tel-Nof air base have worked around […]

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