Archive | January, 2013

The Indian-Israeli Barak-8 programme – more than meets the eye

Cooperation between Israel and India includes the main ingredients of vast defence collaboration between the two countries. This is so because of the budget and technology involved.The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Barak-8 missile system is the focus of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed recently between Bharat Electronics Limited India (BEL) and the Israeli company.The […]

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The future of mini-UAS

These are small wonders – they attract attention. They have clients, but they do not bring in revenues that justify the amount of development effort and high budget needed to make them operational.The two Israeli major manufacturers of unmanned air systems (UAS) are evaluating the future of their mini systems because of the small profit […]

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Refreshing the eyes in space

Two new Israeli spy satellites are being built by the Israeli space industry – not only to replace existing satellites, but to improve Israel’s capability to watch its neighbours.The exact date when Iran will have nuclear capability is not yet clear, but Israel is making a huge effort to know first.Hundreds of millions of dollars […]

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Low-flying enabler will open envelope for transports

Big transport aircraft fly low, protecting them from many threats. But to fly low they need special tools. The main one is an advanced reliable terrain-following system. This critical system takes the aircraft to low altitudes, where each “surprise” can end within seconds in an accident. Elbit Systems and Northrop Grumman are jointly developing a […]

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China will be aggressive player in UAS market

The Chinese are coming. It is a fact for almost every product in the market and may soon be true about unmanned air systems (UAS).  Israeli UAS manufacturers are expecting China to be a new, very aggressive player in the market. The producers say that there are signs the Chinese are making a special effort […]

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UAS end-user agreements under scrutiny

The Israeli ministry of defence has become concerned about unmanned air vehicle export permits. Whether UAS are becoming a weapon of choice for terror organisations was discussed here a few weeks ago. It was a natural result of the efforts by Hezbollah to penetrate Israeli airspace with a drone. The UAS flew over the Mediterranean […]

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The rocket threat and the Israeli interceptor

There are more and more signs that some countries have analysed the role of the Israeli “Iron Dome” rocket interceptor, and have realised that they need such systems. At this moment in time the signs are very sketchy, very low profile – but they are there.Development of Iron Dome began in 2005, and it became […]

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An unmanned Syrian MiG-21 and the threat of chemical warfare

All the Israeli intelligence sensors are pointing at a number of sites in Syria. At these heavily guarded sites the Syrian regime is allegedly keeping weapons – deadly chemical weapons.However, while not only Israel is monitoring the sites – as the clashes between the Syrian army and the rebels grow in number and casualties – […]

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