Archive | July, 2013

Jerusalem silent amid reports of air strike on Syrian naval base

The mysterious attacks on Syrian targets continue and many fingers are being pointed at Israel. Jerusalem is silent.  These precise attacks have all the ingredients of something from a new James Bond movie. Unmarked ships unload the weapon systems, real-time intelligence is acquired and the bombs and missiles destroy the warehouses. Israeli warplanes conducted the […]

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Where do new aircraft figure in Israeli defence budget?

Is it pressure on the government or a real, severe cut in the capabilities of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), including the airforce, to adapt it to the changing reality in the Middle East? This was the big question raised yesterday after general details of the defence programme were released. The IDF released the principles […]

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The Syrian air force is in bad shape, despite Russian help

A massive supply of spare parts and ammunition helped the Syrian air force play a major role in the campaign the Assad regime launched two years ago against the rebels.“The shape of the Syrian air force was very bad, and without massive urgent Russian help it could not use its old inventory to attack the […]

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Union negotiations are crucial stage for EL AL

These are crucial days for Israeli airline EL AL. The management is negotiating a new agreement with the workers’ union.  The new agreement has one major role – reducing the number of employees significantly, cutting $22.5 million from the annual payroll. The agreement will open the way for a restructuring of the shareholders and that, […]

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Turkey, NATO the USA and Israel

Turkey has set a defiant stance to prove its total independence from any obligations to NATO as a whole, and the USA in particular.Turkey is a very important member of NATO. However, since Islamists have set the tone in Ankara, things have taken a weird turn. First, the Turkish government announced it would not share […]

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The low-profile capability of “David’s Sling”

When Israeli officials talk about the “David’s Sling” long-range rocket interceptor system, its capability to intercept cruise missiles is somewhat downplayed.The system is being developed by Rafael in co-operation with Raytheon to serve as another layer in Israel’s multi-tiered defence system against rockets and ballistic missiles.In November 2012, Rafael and the Israeli Missile Defence Organisation […]

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Hackers, China and Israeli UAS

Some Israeli aerospace companies have been the target of cyber attacks performed supposedly by Chinese hackers. This could be part of a vast effort made by the Chinese to gain access to the computers of many organisations across the world.  China is denying these accusations – but they keep popping up every week in another […]

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IAF C-130Js – special preparations for special missions

The deployment of a cargo aircraft is not normally an event that stirs excitement. However, this is not the case for the Israeli air force’s (IAF) deployment of the Lockheed Martin C-130J.This is not surprising – the role of the C-130 in the IAF goes far beyond what is normally expected from an aircraft designed […]

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Eilat International airport – the saga continues

Hot temperatures in southern Israel must be influencing the plan to build a new international airport in Israel. The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has invited companies from Israel and abroad to participate in a pre-qualification process “in relation to a tender for the construction of the Ilan and Asaf Ramon International airport in Timna.”The IAA […]

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