Archive | March, 2013

Spike missile accuracy can avoid full-scale conflict

You need precise weapon systems when collateral damage may mean the difference between a local incident and a war. This was the case last week on the Israeli-Syrian border. The Syrian army or rebel forces fired on an Israeli patrol. In response, a Rafael Spike missile was launched and the shooters were killed. This kept […]

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No honeymoon after Israel and Turkey restore ties

There is not going to be any sort of honeymoon. Mutual interests, pressure from President Barack Obama and other “background” factors broke the ice, but the water is very cold. The restoration of full diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel will not immediately lead to a renewal of negotiations about new contracts with the Israeli […]

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The VIPs are protected, but what about us?

More and more VIP transports are being equipped with protection from shoulder-launched missiles.  Today, 95% of the potential threats to civil and military aircraft are from these deadly hand-held weapons, which are easy to use and obtain.  In the 1990s the threat was 50% from radar-directed weapons and the rest from shoulder-launched. Given this changing […]

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Datalink solution is just around the corner

Airforces that face many simultaneous missions have an operational demand for a lot of real-time information, of various types. The solution is not simple, for the sender of the information and the receiver. But now it seems a solution is right around the corner. An airborne datalink system will soon enable the Israeli air force […]

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Improving Israeli air defence capabilities

While the Israeli air force (IAF) is bolstering its capability to intercept ballistic missiles using the Arrow system, it is also preparing for more conventional air threats.An advanced training centre intended for the users of “Patriot” surface-to-air units has been set up at the Aerial Defense Academy in southern Israel. The simulator will offer a […]

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A “hot” issue for the IAF BlackHawk

On summer days temperatures inside Israeli air force (IAF) BlackHawk helicopters can be unbearable. The air-conditioning unit is often useless, and the pilots have to operate under very difficult conditions. It was clear that a solution is needed – and as soon as possible. In recent years a number of proposed solutions were evaluated, but […]

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Making UAS more survivable

Two factors – the growing use of unmanned air systems (UAS) and the increased efficiency of the sensors designed to detect and shoot them down – are forcing manufacturers to make them more survivable.Defensive systems that have until recently been used to protect manned air platforms are found on more and more UAS these days.For […]

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Did age play a part in fatal Cobra crash?

Investigators will consider the age of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) Cobra helicopter that crashed earlier this week. The investigation started minutes after the debris of the Cobra and the bodies of its two pilots were found early on Tuesday. The probe will probably find the exact reason for the sudden malfunction that left no […]

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The “female” tools for the Israeli air force

You see them in great numbers at every Israeli air force (IAF) base – female technicians preparing fighter aircraft for missions around the clock. Young women in dark blue coveralls have become part of the scenery in the reinforced surface shelters housing ready-for-action F-15s, F-16s, Apache helicopters and other types. They are professionals that after […]

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Add-on missions – the new trend

In the 80s and even the 90s the buzz word among Israeli aerospace companies was without any doubt “upgrade”. In those years companies got contract after contract to upgrade Russian-made fixed-wing and rotorcraft and very old Western types. Demand for this has dwindled in recent years to almost zero. Upgrades are now being performed in […]

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