C-Dome to duplicate Iron Dome’s success at sea

Thousands of rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge. Rafael’s Iron Dome system managed to intercept about 90% of the rockets that had a “kill trajectory”. Rafael is to leverage that technology to develop a system that will protect ships from rockets and other aerial threats. The goal is to […]

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Israeli air force airborne mechanics need special skills

The helicopters operated by the Israeli air force have two things in common: they carry a large array of “special systems” and have to perform very complex missions in conflict as well as in peacetime. These missions require excellent pilots but also the best airborne mechanics. This need has prompted the air force to change […]

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The IAF’s new Lavi trainer – the revolution has started

The Israeli airforce (IAF) entered a new era for pilot training this week when its first flying cadets took to the air in the force’s new trainer, the Aermacchi M-346 (Lavi). The new aircraft, which replaces the old IAF A-4 Skyhawk, will allow the IAF to operate one of the most advanced training programs in […]

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The Russian S-300 missile system in Iranian hands: a “game changer”

The Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air weapon system has been a focus of tension between Israel and Russia for the past few years.  Israel believes it would be a “game changer” if fell into the hands of two countries – Syria and Iran. A few years ago,  Moscow planned to supply the S-300 to Syria, but financial […]

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‘I point, you shoot’: the micro laser designator revolution

“I point, you shoot.” That sequence is becoming more common in war zones. The availability of laser designators in the sky  is making the hunt for targets much easier – indeed, almost too easy. The use of laser designators has become more popular as the use of laser-directed weapons has increased. Until recently the designators […]

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Another “phantom” attack In Syria

Yesterday another “phantom” attack took place. Syrian and Lebanese sources say an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles into the Syrian Golan Heights. Syria has kept quiet, and so does Israel. The sources of these reports are always in Arab countries, and they have one thing in common: they all deal with air raids allegedly performed […]

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El Al hit by labour dispute as it struggles to maintain market share

El Al, the largest Israeli airline, is facing labour problems that could endanger its survival in a very competitive market. As part of their efforts to secure better working conditions, El Al pilots have begun to “feel sick” a short time before a flight. The pilots claim these sudden sicknesses are caused by the burden put […]

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Rafael’s ‘gatekeeper’ of the skies

  It’s a classic chicken-and-egg question: was it the capabilities that created the operational requirements, or the other way round? Rafael has recently unveiled the new version of its RecceLite self-contained, self-cooled, multi-sensor tactical reconnaissance system. The Reccelite XR is based on the fourth generation of the system. RecceLite simultaneously collects infra-red (IR) visual (VIS) […]

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To the USA and back to keep 707s in shape

The amount of work involved in keeping the Israeli air force’s Boeing 707 aerial refuelling aircraft in service is enormous. This will continue until the IAF gets a replacement, which may take many more years. The old 707s are refuelling stations for fighter aircraft when the “long arm” of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) needs […]

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The IAF’s ‘organic team’ test

The many tasks assigned to Israeli air force (IAF) fighter squadrons require fast mission changes during heated fighting. This necessitates not only well-equipped platforms and highly trained pilots, but also the epitome of teamwork. This requirement led the IAF to conduct a unique test – and the “First Fighter” squadron was selected to conduct it. […]

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