Archive | February, 2013

Israeli air force gets ready for fast deployment of the C-130J

The Israeli air force sees the new Lockheed Martin C-130Js it is about to get next year as part of its “long arm”.  The target now is to make the new aircraft fully operational a short time after they are delivered. To be ready to operate these advanced transport aircraft immediately after they land in […]

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Leave second international airport to the experts

A new international airport in Eilat, the Israeli resort town on the Red Sea, is not only a must for the tourism industry, but also for Israeli aviation infrastructure.  This planned airport will also serve as an alternative for the country’s main international airport, Ben Gurion, in central Israel. But in Israel not only does […]

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A superior interceptor for bigger threats

A 6min trajectory that took the Arrow-3 above the atmosphere yesterday was a success for a system that – in spite of its relatively high exposure – will be classified for years to come.The threat: long-range ballistic missiles armed with chemical warfare agents or nuclear warheads. The solution: kill them far from Israel, and very […]

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Enabling the air force to operate under cyber attack

Israel has been under constant cyber attack from a number of hostile countries. Specific details related to attacks on the Israeli defence forces – including the air force – are classified, but are in “huge numbers”.The Israeli defence forces (IDF) take these attacks very seriously. “We consider these threats as severe as rockets and bombs,” […]

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Indian army shows interest in Iron Dome interceptor

The Indian army may become one of the first foreign customers for Rafael’s Iron Dome rocket interceptor. Recently, the Indian navy declared that it is not interested in the Israeli system, which achieved a 90% kill rate during recent fighting in the Gaza strip. The army, on the other hand, is showing great interest. In […]

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Together we can do it – task-sharing UAS

They are too small to carry an effective payload, but as a group they are capable of affecting the battleground.  The trend is clear – “swarms” of mini- or micro-unmanned air systems (UAS) are expected in the coming years.  To enable this, “task-sharing” payloads will be needed, and these are being developed now. But how […]

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Airlines prepare for arrival of open skies agreement

The postponed air agreement between Israel and the EU will again be put on the table after the new Israeli government is formed. In the meantime, Israeli airlines, especially the smaller ones, are taking steps to be better ready for the open skies reality that the agreement will create. One example is Israir. This small […]

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Boeing and Elbit join forces to tackle missile threat

How do you persuade airlines to equip their fleets with systems that can counter shoulder-launched missiles?  It seems to be an impossible mission, but there may be parallel markets and that assumption resulted in co-operation between Boeing and Elbit Systems. According to the co-operation agreement, Boeing will offer Elbit’s directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems with […]

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Improving the shield to deal with growing threat

The growing threat from countries with a huge arsenal of long-range missiles, some with chemical warfare warheads, is forcing Israel to improve its defences. The Arrow air defence system, designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles, will continue to evolve this year with a wide range of improvements and upgrades.  Some of the new improvements include […]

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Adaptations to use old platforms longer

When platforms become very expensive, the market requires methods that will enable them to fly and still serve operational needs.Some air forces operate fighter aircraft that were manufactured in the Soviet Union – and relatively newer ones built in modern-day Russia.Even when diplomatic circumstances create potential for purchasing Western replacements, this is not always possible […]

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