Archive | September, 2012

Improving the “image” of aviation security

Advanced image processing techniques enable smart weapons to find their target with very high precision. Now these techniques are improving airport security around the world.Advanced image processing developed in Israel by HTS helps to increase security in airports.  The company’s image processing system is incorporated in the security system that protects Ben Gurion airport in […]

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The Israeli Air Force One – a shelved document

The plan has been shelved and there is only a small chance that it will change its current place in the foreseeable future.   The plan was logical but when a government makes one there are always some unexpected factors.   Almost two year ago, the Israeli government decided to get a local version of […]

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Detecting the enemy in a very delicate situation – the dilemma in the Sinai Desert

It is a delicate job but it must be done. Israel is at peace with Egypt. It is a very cold peace and has become even colder since the revolution in Egypt.   The “Arab Spring” lowered the temperature between the two countries. The cold peace could have continued without any problem, but something very […]

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One-pass rescue – the thin line between life and death

A downed pilot. The enemy is searching for him before rescue can get to the area. The difference between life or death – or between torture and getting back home within hours – depends on the swift locating of the hiding pilot, in what is in many cases “complicated” terrain.Israel, unfortunately, has vast experience with […]

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A joint European UAS? National interests come first

Europe is not united – that is a fact. But when it comes to weapon systems, it seems that in some cases moves are made to create an impression of joint development and acquisitions – but the reality is totally different.While in politics differences are clear and no one is trying to disguise them, when […]

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Good things in small packages

Good things come in small packages. The demand for micro and mini unmanned air systems (UAS) is reaching a new peak.   The impression is that some armies, such as the Indian one, intend to deploy thousands of those portable “personal” UAS almost like soldiers’ assault rifles.   This trend required an adaptation of the […]

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Israeli UAS industry at crucial junction

Technology is not enough to survive. Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturers are at a critical junction.While they have technology that results in very advanced capabilities, most of them may lack the necessary mass to be able to continue and compete in the world market.While the consolidation of aerospace and defence industries was stopped at […]

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Monopoly declaration another blow to El Al

As if it didn’t have enough already, El Al was hit with another problem earlier this week.The Israel Antitrust Authority on September 9 declared the airline a monopoly in providing security services to the other two Israeli airlines, Arkia and Israir.This decision brings to an end a long dispute caused by El Al supplying the […]

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New generation systems – the solution for shrinking budgets

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck… If it looks like a slowdown in defence budgets in many countries, it must….   So we must begin to see what is happening – a solid slowdown in defence spending.   The trend is felt mainly in the USA […]

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The boom in mission aircraft

According to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), mission aircraft are going to have a renaissance. And this time the definition will be attached to many types of aircraft.The indications come from IAI subsidiary Elta. This company is one of the leading manufacturers of radar and other sensors and it was only natural that it would see […]

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