Archive | October, 2011

Adapting them for the new platforms – weapons for UAS

The trend is clear and much defined – armed forces around the world have understood that loitering weapon systems are essential in suppressing threats in a vast area.   These systems are usually being developed under curtains of secrecy, but from time to time the developers are releasing some data.   Recently we had an […]

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EL AL’s unique built-in problems on the way to profitability

EL AL is in a desperate race to go back to profitability. The Israeli airline could make money – a lot of money – but it has some built-in problems that have not been solved, despite the fact that some could be solved relatively easy.So far, EL AL failed in all its efforts to join […]

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Conversion sites – the solution for an unstable market

This is the most natural development, and it is going to fully exploit the circumstances in the market. It’s based on a very comprehensive survey of all market aspects, and in fact is going to change its basic features.The idea, in a nutshell, is this – joint ventures between owners of “older” passenger aircraft and […]

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The unmanned rediscovery of Africa

Africa is being rediscovered – but this time it’s not by adventurous sailors, but rather by very experienced salesmen. They come in with airliners, trying to make the continent the next booming market for unmanned air systems (UAS).African nations have become a major market for UAS, and Israeli manufacturers are making a big effort to […]

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“The Litening members-only exclusive club”

The fact that there is a “users club” for the Rafael Litening targeting pod tells a tale. Air forces needed a very advanced targeting pod, and the capabilities in the market were not enough. The development of the Litening was made as in many other cases – in close co-operation with the Israeli air force. […]

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Old platform + modern avionics = new advanced trainer ?

Budget difficulties, especially severe ones, can result in a complete change of thinking. Even things that looked solid and unshakeable can suddenly generate new directions of thought – at least in the heads of some people.This is at this stage it’s just a “murmur”, but this encapsulates the problem that the Israeli defence establishment faces. […]

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Elisra at forefront of technology to locate downed pilots

A personal pilot locator radio is the only lifeline for a pilot forced to bail-out over enemy territory.Therefore, this lifeline must be reliable, easy to use under the harshest conditions and not give away the pilot’s position to the enemy before they can be rescued.The combination of operational experience and advanced technology made the Elisra […]

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The Savile Row of avionics

Sensors and systems determine the main role of the platform. While there is no big difference  between, for example, a utility helicopter and one armed for maritime missions, the content of the cockpit dashboard and systems bays are the key factors.Israeli aerospace and defence companies realised this some years ago, and are now offering versions […]

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The Israeli space industry needs a boost

This is the perfect paradox: Israel develops and manufactures spy and communication satellites, launchers and advanced space payloads – but in spite of all this activity, the country has not been successful in making these proven assets a business.And there is another problem – the lifespan of the Israeli satellites is much longer than anticipated, […]

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SatComs, time delay and the fixing trick

SatCom systems are everywhere. They are used to enable unlimited communication between fighting platforms and commanders or, in many cases, the “decision makers” that pull the trigger. But SatComs have a shortcoming. The signal, which for instance goes from a payload carried by an unmanned air system (UAS) via the satellite to the operator of […]

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