Archive | January, 2013

The advance of UAS payloads

Israeli-developed unmanned air systems (UAS) have beenupgraded to perform to the maximum of their design capabilities. Development of these systems is driven by the payloads theywill carry - and here the work has only just begun. I use the word “payload” as a very general termfor what these unmanned aircraft can be equipped for. The list of […]

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Explosives for training – can they be replaced ?

An Israeli company has developed a kit that aims to train airport security guards to recognise explosives. This eliminates the use of live explosives for this sort of training.The kit contains a wide range of chemicals that replicate the most commonly used explosive materials – military, commercial or improvised. It also contains various types of […]

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The “foreign customers” of the Israeli aerospace industry

The reasons vary but the outcome is the same – there are countries that do not want to be identified as customers of the Israeli aerospace and defence industries. These countries want the technology but, for what is referred to as “geopolitical” reasons, in many cases they do not want other countries to know what […]

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Chemical weapons in Syria: Israel on high alert

The civil war in Syria has brought Israel to a high state of alert in recent days, as the Israeli government becomes increasingly concerned that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad could lose control of his country’s stockpile of chemical weapons. The Israeli defence minister has cut short a visit abroad, and a number of urgent cabinet meetings […]

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Pilots and tank commanders bolster co-operation

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has taken combined air-ground combat a huge step forward. Recently, combat pilots left their familiar F-16 cockpits and went into the “cockpits” of Merkava-4 main battle tanks in the midst of a live-fire armoured corps exercise. “Next time we operate with the armoured corps, we will have a better concept […]

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Israel Aerospace Industries aims to become an OEM

It is a major change that is a result of market conditions. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is looking for co-operation agreements that will allow it to supply complete fuselage sections to aircraft manufacturers.  This is part of the company’s strategy to enhance its civil operations. IAI is already deep in negotiations with major aircraft manufacturers […]

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The threat, the solution – and the dilemma

The moment of truth is approaching at the cruising speed of an airliner – will airlines around the world equip their fleets with systems capable of defeating shoulder-launched missiles?When these systems were mere ideas in the heads of some engineers, this question was very not relevant. But now such a system has reached a point […]

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Israeli firefighting squadron’s capability will grow

The Israeli Air Force firefighting squadron will be equipped with at least two additional AT-802F Air Tractors in 2013 and the aim is to buy a further four in the coming years. The firefighting squadron is operated as a joint venture between Elbit Systems, which purchased the aircraft, Chimnir, a private aircraft company operating agricultural […]

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Budget concerns may force IAF to extend outsourcing

Outsourcing in the Israeli Air Force (IAF) will expand to areas that have so far been considered “off limits” for such a business arrangement. Budget restrictions, which may become even more severe in the first quarter of 2013, may push the IAF to consider more outsourcing. There were signs during 2012 that this was going […]

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The general elections and the air agreement with the EU

The most elastic substance in the universe is a politician – and the general elections in Israel next week may prove that once again. After aborting the plan to sign an aviation agreement with Europe last December, the ceremony may be again on the agenda. What last month suddenly became out of the question may again […]

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