Archive | June, 2013

Elbit Systems widens its European footprint

Being a “multi-domestic” aerospace company, Elbit Systems is time after time proving that this definition really translates into contracts. Earlier this week the Israeli company’s subsidiary Elbit Systems of America signed a partnership contract with the Logistic Center Woensdrecht (Netherlands Ministry of Defence). This partnership marks the official commencement of an agreement and work-share cooperation […]

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Supplying the “Big Voice”

It’s dubbed the “Big Picture” – combining the output of many sensors so a commander gets a relevant picture of the situation being confronted.The demand came first from the Israeli air force (IAF): the pilots and ground operators taking part in a combined air-ground-sea operation have to talk to each other, and at the same […]

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Can UAS prove their worth for civil missions?

The integration of unmanned air systems into non-segregated airspace is an issue for many experts and regulators across the globe.In April, the maritime version of an Israel Aerospace Industries Heron UAS was used to demonstrate the possibility of integration.While the technical side appears to be on a positive route, other issues may delay the process.But […]

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Small cut in US grants – but big problems still loom

It will take creative financing to enable Israel, or specifically in my area of interest, the Israeli air force to gain its full budgetary wish list.Last week, Washington announced it will cut 5% ($175 million) from its annual military aid package to Israel as part of across-the-board budgetary spending cuts. US military aid to Israel […]

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Missile defence system launched in unpredictable market

It’s, without any doubt, an historic event. The question is whether it will have wide or very limited effects. Thirteen years after terrorists launched SA-7 shoulder-launched missiles at an Israeli 757 in Kenya, missing their target, the first countermeasures system has been installed on an Israeli passenger aircraft. The process was slow. Technology and bureaucracy […]

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Four countries and the missing piece in the puzzle

Some Israelis smiled two days ago when Israeli television reported that Russian unmanned air systems (UAS) were flying over Syria supporting the regime with real time intelligence about rebels units. Asked what made them smile, they smiled even wider, but did not answer. I can only guess, of course, but this puzzle is very interesting.  […]

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The only substitute for the C-130 is a C-130, until the budget allows

When the Douglas DC-3 was still in the Israeli air force’s (IAF) service some 15 years ago, all the squadrons had big slogans in every hangar saying: “The only substitute for the DC-3 is a DC-3.”The DC-3 is resting from a long service in the IAF’s museum, but the force, so it seems, has another […]

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Protecting that big, sensor-laden UAS

Unmanned air systems are being equipped with features that put them on the same level as manned platforms – and Israel, with its considerable UAS industry, is leading the way. The Paris Air Show, which opens today, offers a glimpse of the trend – within the limits of the security apparatus guarding Israel’s secrets projects. […]

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Israeli airlines must be smart and benefit from Open Skies deal

The approach taken by Israeli airlines towards the Open Skies agreement with Europe was a big mistake.  The agreement was signed in Luxembourg a few days ago and now the implementation begins.  The big question is whether the three Israeli airlines – EL AL, Arkia and Israir – will whine every time a European airline […]

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The growing demand for crash-worthy seats

They are not an optimal solution, but crash-worthy seats are standard in some designs, and are being added to existing platforms or new designs.‘Crashworthiness’ can be defined as the ability of an aircraft and its internal systems to protect occupants from injury in the event of a crash. In general, injury in aircraft crashes can […]

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