Archive | July, 2012

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Honeymoon of arms deals between Israel and Italy ?

Could this be the beginning of a “wonderful friendship” in defence relations between Italy and Israel?Italy has not been a major client of the Israeli aerospace and defe‫ nce industries, but that may change‬.After the Israeli air force (IAF) selected the Aermacchi M-346 as its advanced trainer, the second part of the agreement – the […]

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KC-135 to Israel – the need, the elections, the priorities

It was meant to kill two birds with one stone. The White House has invited the press to cover the beginning of a legislation process that, among other things, will enable Israel to buy KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft. The timing was carefully selected – the eve of a visit by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney […]

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A “swarm” attack is on the horizon – the new mini-UAS

Operational “swarms” of mini- or micro-unmanned air systems are expected to be operational five years from now. This may be considered a whim of scientists or a real breakthrough. Only time will tell which is the right one, but in any case this development ignites the imagination of many involved in developing new methods of […]

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Redundant employees only part of the burden on El Al’s wings

Some good fuel hedging agreements may result in a small profit for El Al at the end of this year, but this will not change the Israeli airline’s core problem – about 1,000 redundant employees.   The 6,000+ employees of El Al are the heavy weight that is worsening the airline’s situation to a point where it […]

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A big push for the big puller

Bankers Capital Transportation Leasing Group plans to purchase dozens of narrowbody (NB) and widebody TaxiBot aircraft towing systems from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to be operated in North America. A letter of intent regarding the $97 million deal was signed a few days ago.This was a sign of recognition – and the moment the developers […]

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Sensors over Syria – the hunt for chemical weapons

Traffic congestion over Syria. This is the only way to describe the situation involved in monitoring the fast-developing situation in Syria, and who is in control of the country’s stockpile of chemical weapons.   US, Israeli and other sensors, of all types, are looking into Syria and focusing on the areas where, according to intelligence […]

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Air power distribution as the situation changes

Before the “Arab Spring” was even conceived, the Israeli air force (IAF) decided to make its Nevatim facility in southern Israel a major base for combat and transport squadrons.The Lockheed Martin F-35s the IAF plans to receive in 2017 will be based at Nevatim. This base will also receive the Lockheed Martin C-130Js that have […]

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The craving for new ‘gadgets’ – the pilots’ side

The minute people bought their first digital camera or smartphone, they became exposed to the planned new generation of these two gadgets waiting around the corner.   Even if the purchased electronic devices worked perfectly, blogs have been full of information about the next versions, which will “give you a better experience”.   This trend […]

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Teaching people how to handle unmanned air systems

It was expected but the pace is surprising. In parallel with the growing use of unmanned air systems (UAS) in the world, clients need someone to show them how to best use the systems, and that is good business.   First there were simulators that allowed basic training. However, this is not enough anymore. The […]

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El Al – the Israeli government may act

The Israeli government may take action if El Al’s financial state threatens its ability to continue its operations.   While El Al is a public company, it is still considered the “flag carrier”. This is not only because the government has a “golden share” in the airline, but also because it has a strategic value […]

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