Archive | May, 2012

Checkmate – the ECM war

This has become a war of the mind.A threat is exposed and someone wants to counter it – this principle is not new. What is new is the pace. This war has become a rollercoaster – and this speed results in very advanced defence systems.Israel has succeeded in persuading Moscow not to sell the S-300 […]

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ATOL – the effort continues as the demands grow

Automatic take-off and landing (ATOL) will be standard on any future unmanned aerial system (UAS), but currently manufacturers are struggling to adapt it to all the types they are developing.It’s a tricky feature, and it must work accurately in most conditions – but this is not so simple.Israeli UAS manufacturers have installed ATOL on some […]

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Secret negotiations take place in battle for Indian UAS contracts

The huge market potential for unmanned air systems (UASs) in India is changing the landscape. Indian companies – not just in the aerospace and defence business – are seeking to invest in the sector in an attempt to win a chunk of the Indian defence modernisation budget, which is already big and will only get […]

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Close air support – air force or ground forces? Signs of change

Since I wrote about this debate some time ago, something has changed. It’s not the end of the debate, but at last things are finally happening.Brig Gen Sami Turjeman , commander of the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) ground forces said on 23 May that his units will soon be equipped with long-range accurate rockets.This announcement […]

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Revolution and evolution – side by side in the UAS world

The revolution that unmanned air systems (UAS) have brought to the modern combat arena is accompanied by a parallel evolution in the operation of these weapons. However, this process is multi-layered and requires many changes.The Israeli aerospace and defence industries are a main source of all types of UAS, and as such also develop the […]

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Russia, Israel and UAS technology – mixed opinions

The transfer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology from Israel to Russia is controlled – but there is no doubt it helped the Russians move forward after years of stagnation in the development of unmanned platforms.The result is logical, as even basic Israeli-made UAS include features that have been developed through 40 years of operational […]

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The “side effects” of terror – flying near the Sinai desert

The threat of terror is putting the airline industry under pressure without even performing a hostile act. The security apparatus that surrounds the industry worldwide has an enormous price tag. Now, the potential threat may force two Israeli airlines to phase out a certain type of aircraft used on domestic flights.This is the situation – […]

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A change of direction in technology

Until recently military technology was often adapted for civil uses – enabling Israeli defence companies like Rafael to establish subsidiary companies that take the technology developed for missiles, for example, and adapt it for medical purposes.This direction has changed. Now we see more civil technologies being adapted for military uses.The reason behind this is simple […]

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Sensors along the runway – not just for FOD

Sensors, especially very advanced ones, have a unique way of self development. Or, to be more precise, the sensors are becoming diversified as they are being used for purposes other than the original aim.Foreign object detection (FOD) on runways is an international problem. Special teams at civil airports and air bases have one job – […]

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Using limited defences against a variety of threats

The complexity of the solutions is growing at a much faster pace than the threats themselves.When a country is threatened by a multitude of rockets, missiles and air-ground weapons systems, many of them of the smart type, someone has to take charge of coordinating all the defensive means the country has, which is a very […]

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