Archive | November, 2011

Robots versus humans – a showdown?

The F-35 is the last manned fighter aircraft. Unmanned air systems (UAS) will take over all the missions currently performed by manned platforms.   These assertions are frequently heard from people that are supposed to know. But if you look at what happens in “the field”, things look different.   In Israel, a world power […]

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Israel and Egypt – looking through the keyhole

This problem is unique and characterises the fast-shifting situation in the Middle East.   The unstable situation in Egypt is a cause of great concern to Israel. Since the peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1979, the Israeli defence forces (IDF) have considered Egypt not as a friendly country, but rather as […]

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The price Israel pays for US military grants – getting higher?

The price Israel pays for receiving an annual defence grant from the US is getting higher.   The grant involves buying only US-made weapon systems, so most of the money goes back to the US. At the same time there are many “strings attached”, and these are made of premium steel.   From time to […]

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High-flying question marks – the Israeli air force inventory

Will the defence budget problems extend the life of some aircraft in the Israeli air force (IAF) inventory? This question becomes more and more acute, as the budget problems are heavier than ever before.   Two types are in focus – the F-15s and the A-4s. The repeated delays in the delivery dates of the […]

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The sum of all threats – the changing Middle East

The situation changes fast. The US is beginning to understand that the Middle East will not be the same and that the new threats are bigger than ever, not only to allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, but to its direct interests in the region.   The threat picture has changed dramatically and […]

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The US, UAS exports and the shockwaves

The fast-changing situation in the world affects the export of advanced weapon systems, mainly by the US. The shockwaves then begin to hit far-away countries. Old friends are no longer so close. New friends emerge from surprising places and situations. Add to this the fact that the US is wrapping up the fighting in Iraq, […]

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Refuelling at Ben Gurion airport – questions, no answers

Something is very wrong with the system that supplies fuel to the aircraft using Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv.   On 20 November, water was detected in the system and the supply to the airport’s fuel tanks farm was cut. Flights continued with fuel that was already in the tanks.   This incident […]

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UAS get ready for cargo role

Israel, as a leading unmanned air systems (UAS) developer, with 40 years of operational experience, is in a good position to start looking at using the craft for moving cargo. The country is undertaking early feasibility studies into making the concept a reality. The talk is vague but when you start asking questions, you quickly […]

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TaxiBot – a revolution in aircraft ground movements

Frankfurt airport, June 2013. Two widebody passenger aircraft are pushed back from the terminal, engines off. They are still off when they cross the apron on their way to the taxiway. Other aircraft are moving in the area, passing very close to each other. The scene is like one from a science fiction movie – […]

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Sensors and shooters – the full range

Elbit Systems is conceived as a leading manufacturer of avionic systems and unmanned air systems (UAS) as its two leading lines.   But the Israeli company, with its vast international cooperation network, is also an advanced developer and manufacturer of very advanced precision weapon systems.   The growing need for such systems in today’s war […]

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