Archive | April, 2013

AACMI system offers solution to common training problem

What until recently was on the operational agenda of mostly western airforces is now a requirement of airforces that thought they could do without it. Training with modern fighter aircraft has become very expensive and many defence budgets are still shrinking. An efficient training mission is only possible when all the data is recorded and can […]

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Elbit Systems, a “multi-domestic” company

It was symbolic that almost at the same time Joseph Ackerman – the man who made Elbit Systems a “multi-domestic” company – left his position, the Israeli company gained another foothold in the industry.Last week, a few days before Ackerman’s farewell party, Elbit signed another cooperation agreement – this time in South Korea.It was Ackerman’s […]

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Israeli air force on alert after claims Syria used chemical weapons

It is a strange situation. Israeli intelligence asserts Syria has used chemical weapons in the civil war, while America is still “evaluating” the situation. The Israeli air force is, of course, operating according to assessments. As I have written in this blog a few times in recent months, Israel has all of its “sensors” on […]

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Israel and the EU – more than just Open Skies

It’s not just about Open Skies. A few days before the Israeli cabinet ratified the Open Skies agreement with the EU, another joint effort offered up its first results.The European Aviation Safety Agency – the EU body responsible for the safety of civil aviation – is in the process of designing its own rules for […]

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The strike is over, the agreement is in effect – now reality bites

The Israeli airlines that went on strike on Sunday after the Open Skies agreement with the EU was ratified used a very ‘rusty ladder’ to climb down from their high horse.This was the most unjustified strike in the history of Israeli aviation. It left thousands of passengers of EL AL, Arkia and Israir stranded in […]

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Israel-EU Open Skies Agreement approved but passengers left stranded

The prospect of a government not fulfilling a signed agreement tipped the scale. The Israeli cabinet ratified the Open Skies Agreement with the EU on Sunday. A few hours prior to the cabinet vote, workers from three Israeli airlines – El Al, Arkia and Israir Airlines – began a strike and thousands of passengers were […]

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Israel-EU air agreement faces moment of truth

Ratification of the air agreement between the EU and Israel turned into a power struggle between the Israeli cabinet and workers unions. The largest workers union in the country is gathering representatives of the unions of all three Israeli airlines to stop the agreement. The agreement was initially signed last year, but its ratification was […]

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The co-existence of aircraft, rockets and UAS

A new set of operational procedures will help the Israeli air force (IAF) to co-exist on the battlefield with the Israeli defense forces’ (IDF) artillery corps.The new procedures allow the artillery corps to use its systems, guns and rockets in conjunction with the IAF’s fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and unmanned air systems (UAS).According to the IAF […]

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Competition hotting up for share of Brazilian market

In the relatively long history of the Israeli defence and aerospace industries, there has always been one leading export market considered as having the highest potential. It was South Africa; Iran, during the days of the Shah; and then Turkey. In recent years, India has been the one with proven performance. But all the signs […]

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A long, bumpy flight – EL AL and the new investors

Many question marks hover over the deal aimed at changing the way Israeli airline EL AL is managed. This change has been needed for some time, but the current shareholders couldn’t even start the process.  Now there is a chance that this change will happen – but the celebration will have to wait. First Israel […]

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