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David’s Sling rockets back into Polish contest

The Polish government is facing a dilemma that has billions of dollars in the balance – the selection of an air defence system to best answer the country’s operational needs. On the face of it, the Polish authorities narrowed the scope of the dilemma when they announced the finalists in the Wisla programme – Raytheon’s Patriot […]

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Apache simulator back in business

A venerable Apache helicopter simulator has been reborn for the use of the Israeli air force. The simulator, manufactured by LINK, was recently transferred to a new location in the USA, and is helping to train IAF pilots on this type of helicopter. Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots operated dozens of mission above the Gaza […]

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IAF unmanned air systems set for a health check-up

The unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli air force (IAF) have been pushed to the limit during the month of fighting dubbed operation “Protective Edge”. From mini-UAS like the Elbit Systems Skylark operated by ground forces, through to the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron, Elbit Hermes-450 and up to the huge IAI Heron […]

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Israeli air force extends its reach in air-to-air combat

The somewhat popular idea that air-to-air combat is obsolete has not affected Israeli planners working on future weapons systems. While in recent combat, the Israeli air force has been used in very short-range missions – mainly to suppress rocket launches into Israel – the planners do not see this type of combat as the shape […]

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The Israeli defence forces’ new “flying gadgets”

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) have a plan – and Israeli industry is working to action it. Soon, infantry soldiers will have big pouches on their combat vests full of small “individual helpers”. While Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a number of “butterfly” miniature intelligence gathering systems, other concepts are also being evaluated. IAI’s miniature […]

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Israeli air force training foreign UAS operators

The continuously growing operational use of unmanned air systems (UAS) and unmanned air vehicles (UAV) by the Israeli air force (IAF) has brought changes to its UAS School. In June, dozens of UAS operators officially joined the UAS Division and received their UAS Operator pins. The UAS operators from the Hermes 450 Division will be […]

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IAI changes tack to improve financial results

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) second-quarter financial results did not surprise anyone. While sales were up by 5%, from $896 million in the second quarter of 2013 to $939 million in the same period this year, the other parameters were not impressive. Net income was $12 million, compared to $18 million in the corresponding quarter of […]

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Barak 8 air defence system competing in eastern Europe

Recent developments in eastern Europe – mainly the ongoing conflict involving Russia and Ukraine – has moved air defence to top priority for some countries in the region. All of a sudden, aerial threats seem very real in a region once perceived as relatively stable. This explains the surge in interest in Israel’s Barak 8 air […]

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Covering airspaces in eastern Europe – the gap has to be closed, and fast

The airspaces of some countries in eastern Europe are getting more attention now, as the Russia-Ukraine crisis reaches a new peak. The Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border represents an increased threat of invasion by President Vladimir Putin’s army, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday. US and NATO officials say there are […]

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Geopolitical change and the impact on the arms trade

The global arms trade is subject to political change – and that sometimes puts Israeli defence companies in problematic positions. A little history: years ago, when the Shah ruled Iran, the country was a major customer. Then the Ayatollahs took over, and the market was eliminated overnight. South Africa was also once a major buyer […]

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