Archive | October, 2012

Embarrassment of safety category two lingers

Four years after Israel was downgraded to safety category two no-one knows when this embarrassing situation will end. Israel, a country with a high-tech industry, was brought to this situation because of years of negligence by law makers. The Israeli aviation law from 1927 was replaced by a new one but the regulations that will make it […]

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Police air units – helicopters vs UAS

A recent visit to the Israeli police air unit has again proved that the transition from helicopters to unmanned air systems (UAS) for homeland security and police missions is not a simple one.During the visit to the highly classified unit, which operates police missions and what is generally referred to as homeland security – or […]

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Heron capabilities demonstrated during Andes crossing

It could have been considered another demonstration aimed at convincing a potential client to buy. But it is much more than that. Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) has crossed the Andes during an operational flight demonstration in a South American country. The demonstration flight was performed last month and according to […]

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A shadow long-range attack in the desert

Imagination, or fact? The international media was busy yesterday explaining how, according to the Sudanese government, Israel had destroyed a weapons factory near the capital Khartoum on Tuesday.   The Sudanese government claimed that four Israeli fighters had attacked the factory, which was completely destroyed. Sudan has blamed Israel for such attacks in the past. […]

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Rockets and missiles – the threat that calls for joint defence efforts

The joint US-Israeli exercise dubbed Austere Challenge 2012 is not only a big, complicated and expensive joint drill.   It is a realisation that defending a nation against missiles is a task that cannot always be performed through the means of the country being attacked.   It is even more than that. It demonstrates the […]

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Simulation key to unmanned combined operations

Unmanned air systems (UAS) are no longer “standalone” platforms. As they become more advanced, they need to “talk” to other platforms, either in the air, on the ground or at sea.This calls for a common language and a shared operational mode. This is complicated, because we are talking about robots, very advanced ones, though still […]

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High definition payloads can take demand for UAS to new peak

High definition (HD) optronic payloads for manned aircraft and unmanned air systems (UAS) are becoming a baseline, like HD TV screens at home. Technology can satisfy the appetite of its users for more detailed images, even for the battlefield.The UAS can now see a lot better and that makes them an even more crucial platform […]

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Flying at the limit and keeping safe

I’m not a psychologist, but if I look at the routine operational pattern of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), grounding it to refresh safety procedures seems almost a must every now and then.Earlier this week the IAF grounded all its fighting squadrons for one day, following a series of safety incidents.Maj Gen Amir Eshel, commander […]

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The price of protecting passenger aircraft from missiles

Will on-board countermeasures become an integral part of airliners around the world? The answer is no.   What has been for many years an integral part of almost every VIP aircraft will not become standard equipment on airliners.   This is not because they are not needed, but because they cost a lot of money […]

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Report warns over chemical cargoes after explosion at terminal

The report can be considered one of many routinely written by the Israeli chief air accidents investigator, but it is not. It warns about procedures for the air transportation of chemicals and shows that these do not cover all the possibilities.The report describes events on June 9 after an EL AL 747 cargo aircraft landed […]

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