Archive | March, 2011

The shape of A-A missiles to come: the Israeli angle

Rafael in Israel has developed some very advanced air-air missiles. But if you want to see some future designs, that will be impossible. That is not because of secrecy considerations, but because the effort has been shifted some years ago to other missiles. The need of armed forces to defend themselves on the move has […]

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Airport on an artificial island off the Gaza coast: the plan and the reality

An airport on an artificial island off the coast of Gaza is the latest idea to completely detach the Hamas controlled Palestinian area from Israel. I’m sure that no airline is making preparations to fly to the Gaza strip, but the Israeli politicians proved again that they have a vivid imagination. In recent months the […]

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Robots of war: can they do the job?

This lab is open 24/7 and is conducting very complicated tests that sometimes turn in a matter of hours to real combat. The Middle East has become one of the largest “war laboratories” in the world. Wars fought in the region put to real test many innovative weapon systems like unmanned air systems (UAS) . […]

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Watch passengers’ weight, save fuel

With the price of jet fuel rising, any idea to improve fuel efficiency is of great interest to airlines. An Israeli company has developed a system that will take the exact weight of passengers and feed it into the aircraft’s computer in order to save fuel and increase safety. The company has applied for patent […]

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Split the birds, save the aircraft

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed an innovative structural concept for protecting aircraft from damage due to bird impact. The “Bird Splitter” structure is located on the aircraft’s tail and designed to “split” an incoming bird and thereby protect aircraft structure and crucial systems. This concept was implemented on the new IAI-manufactured Gulfstream G250 business […]

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Middle East peace process and the Israeli shopping lists

A breakthrough in the current stalemate between Israel and the Palestinian authority may result in new defence grants from the USA to Israel. According to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak, these extra funds may amount to $20 billion and that has already brought the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to rearrange their previous shopping, or rather wish, lists […]

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Head up displays – not just for fighters

  Head up displays (HUDs) are becoming more popular in cargo aircraft. What was in the past an almost exclusive feature in combat fixed wing and rotorcraft combat aircraft is becoming a standard in cargo aircraft that are involved in complex missions.   Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit systems from Israel, was […]

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Air launched decoys: the need is growing

The demand for air launched decoys is increasing and the latest generations fulfill the new demands. Israel has been using air launched decoys for years and their extensive use has eliminated any doubt: efficient decoys are a key to mission success without casualties. Decoys have gone a long way and Israel Military Industries (IMI) has […]

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Anti G-LOC diet

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) safety center is conducting research intended to find ways to minimize the hazards of accidents caused by G-LOC. G-induced Loss of Consciousness (g-loc) causes a pilot to lose awareness of the surrounding reality. G-LOC is caused by a cut in the supply of oxygen and sugar (glucose) to the brain […]

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Ben-Gurion airport security checks: the dilemma

Human rights organizations in Israel consider it a great success. They refer to the high court of justice order to the state to explain why the security checks in Ben Gurion airport are not equal to all passengers. But this may be premature, as the situation will not change significantly. For years, human rights organizations […]

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