Archive | December, 2012

IAF prepares for Syrian chemical weapons threat

The undertones are important. When the Israeli Air Force (IAF) commander talked on 19 December about chemical weapons in Syria, he was not very specific about what his pilots would do to foil any attempt by the dying regime to use them in an act of panic. Maj Gen Amir Eshel said that Syria was […]

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Advanced simulators are changing pilot training

Simulation is becoming an integral part of every phase of training an Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilot goes through.  In the past simulators were another tool to improve capabilities of a pilot.  Not anymore. New simulators, or rather simulation systems, are a valued substitute for many of the actual flight hours that in the past […]

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High-end technology won’t replace humans in airport security

New technologies will not completely replace the human sensors in the security apparatus that secures Ben-Gurion international airport in Tel-Aviv.  This is in spite of some very advanced technological tools that have been developed recently. Many efforts are being made to streamline the security process and according to plans, high-end technology will be implemented in […]

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Warfare legend exposed by missile that does not exist yet

In recent years, a warfare legend said air-to-air missiles were obsolete because fighter aircraft no longer engaged in dogfights. The legend officially died recently, at least in its Israeli form. The country’s leading manufacturer of air-to-air missiles has, for the first time, very clearly said it is developing a new, very advanced weapon. “We are […]

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A need not to take ‘far-reaching steps’

Politics have a special logic – or rather illogic. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has decided not to sign an aviation agreement with Europe. The ceremony was scheduled for next week.The reason behind the decision? – the short time before the general elections in Israel. The official statement says that the decision stems from […]

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Shades of grey in managing Israeli air space

Things that should be seen in black and white are often painted in grey to avoid action. Israeli air space is very small and congested. Commercial traffic, general aviation, air force manned aircraft and unmanned air systems are growing in number. The problems of control are obvious. A few day ago, two pilots of Israeli […]

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Meeting the demands of network centric warfare

It seems that network centric warfare (NCW) is the phrase of the moment in many armies and airforces.  But many that use it do not fully understand what it means. In some places the meaning is clear, critical and demands everyday solutions. When you talk with the Israeli Air Force (IAF), you hear the phrase […]

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Israel Aerospace Industries to change civil division strategy

The aerospace and defence business is greatly affected by fluctuations in the global economy.  Companies have to adapt their type of business, or rather the volume of each type, according to the numbers, which are known fully only to the board of directors and top management. A recent assessment by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has […]

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The war behind the war – interceptor vs laser

Even after the impressive success of the Rafael Iron Dome rocket interceptor, there are still some people in Israel – in the defence establishment and outside it – that dream about a laser-based defence system against rockets. This has been a real war between two totally opposed approaches – one that said that only a […]

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The Indian market – IAI goes full force to win more contracts

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has appointed a corporate VP to deal with one main task – increasing the company’s sales in one of its main markets: India. This proves again that IAI sees India’s huge market potential, and plans to exploit it aggressively.Defence ties between India and Israel have been very good in the last […]

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