Archive | July, 2013

IMI unveils ‘budget’ air-to-surface missile

When cost effectiveness is the name of the game, it seems that Israel Military Industries is investing in a winning niche. The company recently unveiled its MARS supersonic precision rocket as a low-cost solution for a variety of missions. According to IMI, the 4.4m (14.4ft) rocket, with an estimated range of 54nm (100km) and a GPS […]

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Israeli army weighs military action against pirate radio stations

It is not on the agenda for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that began yesterday in Washington, but it is a major problem that may have to be solved by force rather than simply by negotiations. Earlier this week, Israel said it might take military action to halt broadcasts from pirate radio […]

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Turkey and Israel – a high altitude crisis

Tense relations between Turkey and Israel have taken to the skies. While Turkish airlines continue to operate some 100 flights a week to Israel, Israeli flights to Turkey have been suspended because the Turkish authorities have refused to allow Israel security personnel to perform the security checks on passengers boarding flights to Israel. In this […]

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Politics , operational needs and technology

By ARIE EGOZI Not all arms deals in the world are only in the hands of the generals. Politicians play a growing role in many such  deals and Israel is part of this “trend” . Only recently , the word went out from Washington about a deal to supply the Israeli air force (IAF) with […]

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Israel will have to work hard to keep its place in the “Big Ten” defence exporters

By ARIE EGOZI Large contracts signed by Israeli aerospace companies in 2012 were the main source for the record in the Israeli defence exports last year – 7.47 billion u.s $. Israeli sources estimated that without the restrictions on the export of some systems defined as “Israeli defence only” the number could have gone up […]

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Stealth era having impact on Israeli industry

The introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-35 into the Israeli air force (IAF) in 2016 or 2017 symbolises a new era with many side effects.   The advanced fighter has created a full wave of changes long before it is delivered to the IAF.   As I reported here, Israeli companies are developing weapon systems […]

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A Palestinian airport – not in the near future

The peace ‬talks‪ between Israel and ‬the ‪Palestin‬ian authorities face‪ many hurdles that put a huge question mark ‬over‪ ‬this‪ chance to end the bloody conflict.‬ ‪ There are many issues on the table‬ -‪ one ‬being‪ ‬Palestine’s‪ demand to allow‬ the‪ operat‬ion of‪ an international airport from the ‬W‪est ‬B‪ank.‬ ‪ Before ‬the ‪Palestinian […]

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Small town folk gunning for UAS is far from only threat

The growing number of all types of unmanned air systems (UAS) operated around the world has made them a target for any type of weapon that can hit them at altitude.   The danger is not posed by the citizens of the small Colorado town of Deer Trail, which is seeking to pass a local […]

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US/Israel unmanned air systems “dogfight” over Europe

‏The Israeli unmanned air system (UAS) industry has come to understand that the European market has limited potential. Until last year France and Germany were considered good potential customers for Israeli systems – namely the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-TP.‬ ‏ The Heron-TP is a MALE+ UAS powered by a PWC PT-6 turboprop. It has […]

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Time running out for EL AL investment plan

Time is running out for Israeli airline EL AL. While there is no real progress in the negotiations with the airline’s workers unions, potential investors are showing signs of impatience. First Israel Mezzanine Investors Fund (FIMI) has given EL AL Israel Airlines extra time to reach an agreement with its employees. This agreement, which according […]

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