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Targeting pods evolve from luxury to standard equipment

Fifteen years ago, targeting pods on fighter aircraft were considered a luxury confined to air forces serving countries with deep pockets. Not any more. These systems are now standard equipment for almost any fleet of fighter aircraft that is preparing for combat and not just for displays. Targeting pods have become crucial to every combat […]

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Loitering weapons – a growing trend

Armed forces are only just beginning to understand the potential of loitering weapon systems, however, for the Israeli defence industries such systems are not new. The Harop – one of the most advanced loitering weapon systems – was developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). It consists of the munition unit, a transportable launcher and a […]

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The “phantoms” strike again

The “phantoms in the skies” struck again last week, at least twice. Air defence systems in Syria and Lebanon did not detect any approaching threat, but unidentified aircraft entered the nation’ airspace and destroyed storage sites for long-range rockets and missiles. As in the past, no-one claims responsibility – but according to Al Jazeera, Israeli […]

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Package deals – usually a good selling point

Combined capabilities make it possible for Israeli companies to offer potential clients packages of sensors and weapon systems. The fact that this integration has been tested in combat in many cases gives these manufactures an edge when they compete on a contract. One good example is the Rafael Toplite optronic system now undergoing acceptance tests on the […]

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Training builds on lessons from Protective Edge

Lessons learned by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during the 55 days of combat in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza were implemented last week in a long exercise. During the exercise Israeli air force (IAF) flight platforms participated in different aspects of fighting simulations with the IDF’s paratrooper brigade. The forces practiced airlifting and aircraft directing […]

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The Brazilian market – technology transfer is key

The Israeli defence and aerospace industries’ expectations for the Brazilian market are very high. The recent LAAD Defence and Security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro gave the heads of Israeli companies the opportunity to see how the seeds they planted in Brazil have developed – and a chance to put in new ones. In a […]

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Moscow vs Jerusalem

Last week I wrote about the end of the fake “honeymoon” period between Moscow and Jerusalem, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to end an embargo on the sale of S-300 air defence missiles to Iran. The end of the honeymoon period just became a fight – and the disagreement has the potential to get […]

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The end of the fake “honeymoon” between Moscow and Jerusalem

The lifting of Russia’s embargo on exporting S-300 air defence missiles to Iran may be the end of the “honeymoon” in defence relations between Moscow and Jerusalem. In Israel there were many who claimed all along that the “make-believe” good relations served only the Russian side – and it seems that they were right. After […]

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Italian, US UAV operators learn from their Israeli peers

The Israeli air force’s unmanned air vehicle school recently opened up its gates for Italian and US UAV operators. The guests arrived at Palmachim air base to see how the force operates its UAVs. The two-week course included lessons and joint missions with the Elbit Systems Hermes 450 and Hermes 900. The visiting operators were […]

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Russia’s ‘present’ for Iran

If and when Israel decides that nothing will stop Iran from making a nuclear bomb, the steps that may be taken will be complicated – especially after Tehran got a “present” from Russia. The present was given as reports coming from Tehran about the so-called agreement with the USA and EU do not have anything […]

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