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The growing threat of shoulder-launched missiles

Terrorism is spreading, and intelligence reports, one after the other, are pointing to one clear threat among many others – the terrorists, including those of the Islamic State (IS), have got their hands on a number of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), and are ready to use them. A new phase in the coalition’s efforts […]

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VR training for aircraft identification

The Israeli air force (IAF) is dealing with reality – a reality that can change in a split second. However, to get ready for such fast changes, service personnel are being trained in virtual reality. In the coming months, the IAF’s usage of virtual reality systems is set to grow. Despite all the advanced sensors used by […]

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Coming soon: the Islamic State air force, courtesy of the USA

If in the near future the Islamic State terror organisation deploys some air power on top of assault rifles, machine guns and big knives, the aircraft will carry stickers saying “courtesy of the USA”. Sounds crazy? Not when Washington does not begin to understand what really goes on in the Middle East. Israeli sources say […]

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Leaving the pilot on the ground – an idea that’s gaining popularity

The concept has the potential to become a trend: converting manned aircraft to unmanned systems. Examples are uncommon at present but that could all change. Israel is a natural place for such a transformation. The country is a world leader in unmanned air systems (UAS) and as these systems develop, the potential to take a […]

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Site selection for new airport a tiny step

Building a new airport is almost always a reason for a multi-party squabble. People in the selected location, conservationists and commercial entities are among the conflicting interests that in many cases force a court decision before construction can begin. And even when courts are called in to solve the problem, the final word is in […]

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Demand for more UAS across the board

One of the key lessons learned from the participation of the Israeli air force (IAF) in the recent Protective Edge operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip was clear even before the ceasefire – the number of unmanned air systems operated by the Israeli defence forces (IDF) should be increased. The IAF’s UAS were strained […]

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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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