Archive | June, 2012

Amos 6 – just in time for the Israeli space industry

On my blog I have mentioned more than once that the Israeli space industry needs “miracles” to survive, because the state does very little to preserve and upgrade it.Such a “miracle” came to pass this week, when Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was selected to build Amos 6 – Israel’s new communication satellite.Amos 6 is expected […]

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Israeli-made UAS in the Swiss skies

It seems that Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) will keep their monopoly in the Swiss skies.The Swiss armed forces have been operating the Ranger UAS – built by RUAG, based on the design of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Scout UAS. The Ranger entered service in the 1980s, and now the Swiss want an advanced […]

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Autonomous combat machines – the questions

The rapid increase in the number of autonomous combat systems in the air, at sea and on the ground creates a problem. This problem is huge when humans are involved – but it is even larger in scale when fully autonomous combat systems are involved.Different experts use different definitions, but in essence the problem is […]

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The Israeli air force’s ‘new dimensions’

Depth Command, Near Space – the Israeli air force (IAF) is beginning to think differently.   The operational problem is simple to define, but not to solve. Israel is threatened by countries on its borders such as Syria and Lebanon, and also by countries that are far away, such as Iran.   This calls for […]

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ELINT is not enough

Electronic or human intelligence? This question is currently being asked every day in Israeli intelligence organisations.   Is the huge investment in mostly aerial sensors justified? Are these tools really supplying the data that is needed?   In the past two or three years, the intelligence organisations in the Middle East and in the USA […]

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Skunk Works, Butterflies and more

In the past, “Skunk Works” was connected to the design of secret, very advanced fighter aircraft by Lockheed Martin. The SR-71, F-22 and others were designed in these secret laboratories before they reached the open assembly lines. These days “Skunk Works” – at least in Israel – is mostly connected to new generations of unmanned […]

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The conversion market – forecasts and preparations

How will the introduction into service of the Boeing 787 affect the conversion market?   While many question marks still remain, related to the world economic situation, preparations are being made.   The Bedek Group of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a leading conversion centre, and as such the “next big thing” should be clear […]

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Protecting helicopters from kinetic threats – the challenge

Sitting duck, easy target, bull’s-eye. The same idea with many names and one unifying fact – helicopters have become easy prey for any soldier with a vintage anti-tank rocket .While fixed-wing aircraft, tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are being defended by active and reactive systems, the helicopter is in most cases “naked”.The Israeli air […]

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Many types of aerial platforms – one sophisticated training tool

“Unified combat”, “net-centric warfare” – the name is not important. The changing needs of modern air combat require that almost all types of aircraft operated by an air force will “play” like a well-practiced orchestra.The Israeli air force (IAF) has indentified this need, and is preparing itself to answer it.The IAF has recently awarded a […]

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Time to think out of the box

When the defence budget is strained to its limits and beyond, only thinking out of the box may help.   This happens now in Israel, where operational needs are increasing by the month, and the budget does not match the pace of new requirements.   In recent months the ministry of defence has begun looking […]

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