Archive | August, 2012

Die and let live – the alleged journey of the Israeli Lavi fighter

Every mention of the Chinese Jian-10 (J-10) fighter brings back the rumors of the alleged help Israel gave to the programme.It seems that in certain offices in Washington, there are officials who are still angry about the past defence ties between Israel and China. This anger forced Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to cancel a deal […]

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The AirMule approaches the final proof of concept

If everything goes smoothly, a group of anxious but enthusiastic people will stand in mid-2014 on a hill in southern Israel and wait for the AirMule to take off, manoeuvre and land.   This is intended to be the final proof that this special platform can live up to the great expectations it generates.   […]

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The decision that ignited a passenger “riot”

Airlines sometimes make decisions that generate unpredicted reactions among their passengers.Such a decision was taken last week by Lufthansa in Israel, and immediately ignited a “riot” of the German airline’s passengers in the country – and disappointment among the many others.Lufthansa announced that starting in October its 21 flights from Ben Gurion airport to Germany […]

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New possibilities for micro and mini unmanned air systems

It is a clear trend going at different paces in different countries. The proliferation of micro and mini unmanned air systems (UAS) is resulting in more flexibility as far as the safety regulations of their operation are concerned.Israeli companies that manufacture micro and mini UAS have been negotiating with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) […]

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More F-35s = less tanks and APCs – the IDF’s dilemma

This classic either-or situation will have to be answered soon: another 20 Lockheed Martin F-35′s for the Israeli air force (IAF), or the termination of the Merkava-4 main battle tank and Namer heavy armored personnel carrier.The general staff of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) will have to make this decision while tension about a possible […]

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Israel Military Industries – simple, affordable, effective

“Simple, affordable, effective” – this is the motto of the new plan prepared by Israel Military Industries (IMI) in an effort to increase sales.The state-owned company has decided on this line of operation, based on the assumption that armed forces have or will have limited budgets.One good example is the company’s multi-purpose air-dropped bomb, the […]

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New law will protect airline passengers in Israel

By ARIE EGOZI  Israel has made a move to protect air travellers against problems that occur on the way to a destination. The new law should have been made years ago, but better late than never. Now, for the first time, airlines operating in Israel will have to compensate travellers whose flights are significantly delayed or […]

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The “spiral” upgrade of UAS

What happened with fixed-wing combat aircraft and rotorcraft has started to happen with unmanned air systems (UAS).The upgrading of UAS is on – and we will see more and more such programmes. However, unlike with manned aircraft – which are not upgraded by the manufacturers in most cases – UAS will get an extended service […]

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Italy and Israel on the road to wider defence systems cooperation

It started as an offset obligation but may well develop into much more than that.   There are indications that in coming years, the cooperation between the Italian and Israeli aerospace industries will increase.   As I mentioned, it started as an offset obligation, but now it looks different.   After the Israeli Air Force […]

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South Korea and Israel – ties warm up after “freeze”

The defence ties between Israel and South Korea have been considered “history” after KAI lost the contract to supply its T-50 advanced trainer to the Israeli air force (IAF).The South Koreans were disappointed and angry at what they called “not a fair game”, that led to the selection of the Aermacchi M-346.However, recently the South […]

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