Archive | March, 2012

Turning night into day – technology takes a quantum leap

The most common use of unmanned air systems (UAS) is observation. To look far, day and night, and see the details that are needed to “incriminate” a target so that a weapons system can be directed towards it.   The Israeli payload manufacturers are not allowed to boast about all their achievements, but from time […]

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The airport effect – the contributing factors

Airports tend to make some people stressed. Some feel annoyed with the security checks, others are simply afraid to fly.   Therefore incidents in airports are not a rare thing. And there are of course “contributing” factors.   Earlier this week, we learned about some of the factors that contribute to the tense atmosphere some […]

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Detect, identify and kill – full autonomy to UAS – the trend is clear

They get more autonomy, they get more endurance, they will get artificial intelligence.   The unmanned air systems (UAS) made by Israeli companies will become more independent to achieve one main goal – to dramatically shorten the sensor-to-shooter time.   These operational capabilities  are connected directly to the new buzzword of armed forces – Terrain […]

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Agreement with the EU is a fact – how will El Al adjust?

The result was expected but the process was faster than I forecast.   In spite of opposition from the Israeli airlines, especially El Al, at the end of last week the Israeli government and the EU finalised negotiations on a comprehensive aviation agreement.   This will gradually open up and integrate the respective markets.   […]

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El Al, the moment of truth is closing in

The moment of truth is approaching the headquarters of El Al at Ben-Gurion international airport, at the speed of a 747.   When on Wednesday the Israeli airline announced that it lost $49.4 million in 2011, no-one in the industry was surprised.   The loss is very painful for an airline that in 2010 reported […]

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AUVSI conference: payloads – not just platforms – attract attention

Israeli-made unmanned air systems (UAS) are going in two main but opposite paths – some are getting smaller and some larger.These differently sized platforms need adequate payloads, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is working hard to supply them. Some are still under the veil of secrecy, but others are being exposed. The latter happened yesterday, […]

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Protecting offshore natural resources – local and international business

The Israeli aerospace and defence industries have identified a growing market – protecting a country’s offshore gas and oil fields.Elbit Systems has established special facilities for the development of systems to defend such natural resources from terror attacks.Flight visited the laboratory built at the company’s Haifa base.The lab is equipped with computers and large screens […]

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The unmanned world on display – the future begins now

It was only a matter of time until such a conference was held in Israel.   With 40 years of operational use of unmanned air vehicles, it is only natural that the AUVSI Israel Chapter will host the 2012 AUVSI International Conference in Tel Aviv.   The three-day conference will begin on 20 March and deal with the […]

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Accuracy: the best-selling point of weapon systems

Armed forces want more versatility for their accurate missiles that are launched from helicopters – and that calls for more sensors and more warheads.The trend is a direct result of the types of wars fought nowadays. These are dubbed low-intensity or urban, but have one thing in common: the attacking force cannot afford collateral damage […]

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The Israeli navy’s air arm will go small and unmanned

It is always interesting to find out what other “clients” rather than the air force think regarding unmanned platforms. I visited the Israeli navy, which is using the Eurocopter AS-565 Panther (Atalef) helicopters on its Saar-5 missile corvettes.The search for an unmanned substitute for the “Atalef” has been going on for some years, despite the […]

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