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The Israeli “Depth Command” – new roles for the IAF?

“Depth command”, “deep penetration command” or “unified special op command”. No matter the translation from Hebrew, the fact is Israeli Defence Forces has established a new command, headed by a general, to co-ordinate what is defined loosely as “long-range operations”.The new command was in planning for a long time but sources say now is the […]

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The bad option to cancel an option – the EL AL Boeing 787s

By ARIE EGOZI Long-term planning is important to every industry, but it is crucial in air transport. The time between ordering new aircraft and delivery is long and can cause an airline many problems if not taken into account.When Israeli airline EL AL cancelled options for 10 Boeing 787s in 2006 many eyebrows were raised. The […]

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The Israeli UAS industry – the search for the ‘big leap’

The platforms may be in different shapes and sizes. The payloads may be composed of a different mix of sensors. This is easy.   The Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) industry has produced some very unique designs.   They are in service with the Israeli defence forces (IDF) and many foreign companies.   The industry […]

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Israeli developed systems for F-35 not in this “restaurant”

By ARIE EGOZI You have in your restaurant the best products for preparing a gourmet dinner‫,‬ but your partner, who is stronger physically and has a larger bank account, forces you to serve a simple dinner that will not satisfy the guests. This is a colourful way of describing the feelings of some Israeli defence and […]

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FOD – the automated solution

Will air forces become a major client of the Israeli automated foreign object detection (FOD) system gaining popularity at civil airports?   The answer is positive, but it seems that the process will be slow and will involve more dedicated testing.   At present, the Israeli-developed system is entering the civil airport market at a […]

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The threat, the solution, the implementation – will the world wake up?

In some countries the tendency is to ignore. This is despite the solid fact that at least 50,000 shoulder-launched missiles are in the hands of all sorts of terror organisations around the world.   The last boost to that wide world stock came courtesy of the late Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, who stockpiled […]

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The UAS market – huge potential, fierce competition ahead

The unmanned air systems (UAS) market has not reached even a fraction of its potential.   The coming years will see many more countries acquiring UAS and this will increase the competition, especially between American and Israeli manufacturers.   The US is now the biggest market for UAS. The administration is not allowing Israeli companies […]

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F-35 production rate – can Israel wait?

The problem is simple to define but not to solve. If the Israeli air force (IAF) needed another cause for concern about the delivery dates of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35s, it came in the form of an interview with the Pentagon’s director of the F-35 programme, the US Navy’s Vice Adm David Venlet.   He […]

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Money, prestige and emotions – Italy against South Korea

The secret war behind the competition aimed at selecting an advanced trainer for the Israeli air force (IAF), reached a new peak last week, when officials of KAI, which manufactures the T-50 competing against the Aermacchi M-346, accused the Israeli ministry of of defence (MoD) of closing a deal before the request for proposals (RFP) […]

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Combat-proven UAS – home from Afghanistan via Israel

Are we going to see a surge in upgrades of fixed wing and rotorcraft following the end of the US presence in Iraq and the slow withdrawal of the multinational forces in Afghanistan?   Some Israeli companies are getting ready to bid for the expected contracts and are preparing upgrade packages for some main weapon […]

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