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The fast-track approval process for weapons during fighting

The nature of the Israeli air force operations over Gaza during the recent operation Protective Edge required the use of special weapons systems to achieve more accurate hits in one of the world’s most densely populated areas. The soldiers and officers of the Israeli air force Flight Test Squadron from Tel-Nof air base have worked around […]

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The Israeli version of Ryanair: big plan, big hurdles

The plan is probably in its early stages but what little has been revealed has sent shockwaves through the boardrooms of the Israeli airlines. Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said last week in an interview that he plans to establish “an Israeli version of Ryanair”. He also confirmed that the scale of the airline’s ambition […]

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Litening strikes for USN requirement

Even when you have a bestselling product, there are still markets you really want to win. Rafael’s Litening targeting pod is a bestseller. More than 1,600 systems have been sold to 28 customers around the world – but there is one particular upcoming competition that Rafael wants very much to win. Rafael and its US partner […]

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Simulators keep pace with platform innovation

As combat platforms are constantly updated, training tools must also be changed accordingly – and with the Israeli air force (IAF) upgrading its fleet all the time, this parallel process is inevitable. With the arrival of new platforms, the IAF’s main training and operational planning tools – its simulators – are being upgraded. While a […]

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The threat of MANPADS

According to reports, some “armed groups” in Syria have acquired an unknown number of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS). The threat is real. Israeli sources say the shoulder-launched missiles taken by terror groups in Syria are advanced and pose a serious threat to civil and military aircraft. A report from Switzerland’s Small Arms Survey research group […]

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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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