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The mission – keep the IAF flying when its bases are under attack

Keep flying under all circumstances. That is the aim of an effort currently being undertaken by the Israeli air force (IAF). As part of this effort the IAF is developing a short take-off capability for its F-16 fighters based on a rocket-assisted take off (RATO) system. RATO is used for transport aircraft when the aircraft […]

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Sea survival training for the “Defenders of the West”

Flightcrew of Israeli air force (IAF) Airbus Helicopters AS565SA Panther “Atalef” helicopters recently travelled to the USA to train in what is dubbed “sea survivability”. A helicopter that lands or crashes in the sea in many cases turns into a deadly trap for its crew. So how do aircrew escape? The IAF’s maritime patrol squadron […]

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Islamic State air power? Not yet – but a reason to worry

While the US-led coalition against the Islamic State is generating more PR than real damage to units trying to capture Iraq and Syria, the danger does not stop at the borders of these two countries. The Islamic State has been trying to acquire some kind of air power, and in the current situation it will […]

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Rafael upgrades Litening, targets USN bonanza

There is no doubt that when a military system is used on an almost daily basis it is easy for the developers to implement upgrades. That is exactly what happened with the Rafael Litening targeting pod. The system used by the Israeli air force (IAF) is at once an operational unit and also an “upgrade […]

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The time has come for UAS over Jerusalem

The tense situation in Jerusalem in recent months may force the Israeli police to use unmanned air systems (UAS) to monitor the situation especially in the “stitch” areas between the western and eastern parts of the capital. The Israeli police has a very active helicopter unit but attempts to operate UAS have so far been […]

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Profiler imitates cognitive vision to define targets

Many aerial platforms with sharp-eyed sensors look at war zones constantly. These platforms, a few hundred or a few thousand meters above the ground, feed the images to ground processing stations, which then have to turn them into targets that are often exposed only very briefly. The challenges the Israeli air force faces are mainly […]

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Innovation in aviation continues apace

Technological innovation in commercial aviation has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent decades – reducing cockpit crews from three to two and cutting the number of engines on airliners for long-haul flights from four to two to name only a couple. Another development is on the tarmac. Israel Aerospace Industries and TLD Group have […]

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New Israeli Patriot battery allows “zero time” interception

Not every threat entering Israeli airspace allows enough time to scramble fighter aircraft to shoot it down. Given the short flying time from Israel’s northern border with Syria and Lebanon, the reaction time required is measured in seconds rather than minutes. So the immediate solution is to deploy effective surface-to-air weapons systems. On 23 September […]

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Israeli air force: combined threats require combined tools

Israeli air force fighter squadrons recently took part in a joint exercise with the force’s Northern Regional Control Unit and its air defence units, operating Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to practise intercepting hostile aircraft attempting to infiltrate Israeli airspace. The four-day exercise took place at an airfield that simulated northern Israel. The “Flying Dragon” squadron […]

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Elbit, Rega test head-mounted display for civilian use

Civil aviation often benefits from technologies first developed for fighter aircraft. The latest example of this is the SkyVis Day/Night Head Mounted Display from Israeli company Elbit Systems. Adverse weather conditions can often prevent helicopter air rescue teams executing their life saving search and rescue missions. By improving flight safety and enhancing situational awareness, Elbit […]

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