Archive | February, 2011

Israel and the Indian domestic aviation market

The potential of the Indian market for the Israeli aerospace and defense industries is huge. There are short term acquisition programmes and long term ones, and Israeli officials are trying to be part of each such competition. Israel has supplied the Indian defense forces with many systems and therefore has a very good status in […]

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Hard kill protection for helicopters: can it be achieved?

Technology moves both ways. Sometimes it moves from air to ground and sometimes from ground to air. The direction is not important. What is important is the urgent operational need that sometimes comes from a very unexpected direction . This is almost a paradox, but one that has caused loss of lives. Helicopters in many […]

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Kinetic kill over the Pacific ocean

The kinetic kill of the US-made target by an Israeli improved Arrow-2 anti ballistic missile on Feb 22 over the Pacific Ocean is another and very important step towards the new capabilities of the Israeli missile defence systems. A target missile was launched from a US Navy ship off the west coast. The Arrow-2 Block 4 […]

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Weight watchers keep the Israeli airforce fit

Weight Watchers are having success in the squadrons of the Israeli air force (IAF). This success is reflected not on the weight of the ground crews and the pilots, but on the weight of the aircraft. Last year, the IAF has begun a “diet programme” for its aircraft to overcome loss of maneuverability and carrying […]

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Missile defence: passive or active, this is the question

At this point in time, this may seem a problem only Israel faces. But many developments in other parts of the world including Europe, point to the possible wider scope of it - defending civil populations against missiles and rockets, launched by countries or terror organizations.   If you have access to intelligence people that follow the […]

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Israel’s aviation security authority – plans only.

When politicians announce that something will happen at a certain date, add a few months, in fact many months, and use a lot of patience.   In November 2010 Israel Katz, the Israeli transport minister, announced that he will submit for cabinet approval a proposal to establish a national authority for air transport security.   […]

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Israeli missile defence in the lab

  By In the lab it worked perfectly. The different systems aimed at defending Israel from ballistic missiles “talked” with each other and the threat was challenged with good results. A short time before Washington turned its back to Egypt under President Mubarak, it demonstrated its obligation to help Israel in case it is attacked […]

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TaxiBot will make airports greener

A “think tank” team at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is searching for ideas to help make airports greener. This team is the “father” of the TaxiBot, a pilot-controlled semi-robotic towing system for aircraft. While the company is developing advanced UAVs, missiles, satellites and other military useful systems, this team is concerned about making airports more friendly […]

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El Al and the airline alliances

It’s a war and it is one that El Al is losing and will keep losing without the help of the Israeli leaders. But they simply are not helping. The Israeli leaders in many ways are different from those of other countries. I will not count the differences but one is very frustrating and annoying and […]

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Traffic control in space

Traffic lights in space? An Israeli company claims that it has a better solution that can avoid the collision between geostationary satellites. The system, dubbed ADAMS (Automatic Detection and Avoidance Maneuvering System), will minimize the danger of satellites colliding. Communications satellites are economic and strategic assets, considered national infrastructure. Every year more than 25 new […]

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