Archive | November, 2012

Poland fears Russia will take control of its Israeli-made UAVs

Israeli defence exports can sometimes lead to strange situations and, according to the Polish press, such a situation is happening now.The Polish ministry of defence plans to purchase unmanned air systems (UAS) from Israel but is worried that Russia, having also purchased Israeli UAS, will be able to control them. According to Polish newspaper Gazeta, […]

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A small step for UAVs, a giant step for ATC

If someone needed further proof that unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are becoming an integral part of the global aerospace picture, here is another one - Simlat, a leading Israeli manufacturer of UAV simulators, has announced a collaboration with Adacel, including integration of Simlat’s UAV training systems with Adacel’s air traffic control (ATC) simulator.Adacel develops very advanced […]

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EL AL, Boeing and Airbus – symbols and emotions

Sometimes, selecting aircraft for an airline can become symbolic. When such a thing happens, the apparently normal competition turns into something clad in heavy emotion – with all the side effects.This is what happened some 15 years ago, when Israeli airline EL AL thought of breaking the monopoly Boeing has on its fleet by going […]

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Turkish – Israeli defence relations start to warm up

In international politics, sometimes conflicting interests all of a sudden become unified. The Israeli defence and aerospace industries are closely following efforts to unfreeze Turkish – Israeli relations.A few days ago, Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu officially confirmed that Turkey has resumed contact with Israel, despite Ankara’s decision to freeze diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv.Davutoglu […]

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Operation “Pillar of Defence” a milestone in UAS combat participation

In the history of combat involving massive use of unmanned air systems (UAS), Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza last week is without doubt a milestone, not only for Israel but for any other UAS user.Details of the extensive use of UAVs over Gaza are classified, but Israeli sources told Flight International that in […]

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Eight days of rocket attacks end Iron Dome debate

Thanks to the decision of one man, Israel was able to give its population an excellent, if not hermetic protection, from the rockets launched in recent days from Gaza. The decision put an end to the dispute between those who thought that an interceptor would do the job and others who believed a laser beam […]

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Air power has limitations in urban warfare

An airforce does not put the flag on top of a hill in a war.  This phrase was used frequently during wars that Israel fought in the last 20 years. It means that air strikes alone cannot win a war. In the context of operation Pillar of Defense, this sentence has been changed to: “When […]

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Iran’s nuclear programme and Israel’s options

Israel has invested a huge – and I mean very, very huge – sum of money in preparing itself for the minute the cabinet will decide that nothing that else will stop the Iranian military nuclear programme, and that only force – brutal force – will do it.Much of that sum went to the Israeli […]

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How will Obama re-election affect IAF plans?

How will the re-election of president Obama affect the future procurement plans of the Israeli Air Force (IAF)? This question has been asked in the corridors of the Israeli defence establishment since the result last week. Experience has shown Israel that decisions relevant to defence exports from the US to Israel are moulded in three […]

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Elbit sues government over cancelled contract

When two countries with very close defence relations find themselves at odds, strange things can happen. The damage to relations between Turkey and Israel was a direct result of Israel’s decision to stop any attempt to break the blockade of Gaza. In 2010 Israeli navy commandoes boarded a ship sailing from Turkey and used firearms […]

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