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The Israeli Air Force 707 tankers – old but capable

They are being treated with great respect, they accumulate fewer flight hours than other aircraft in the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) inventory, and they are being prepared for the “real thing”.   The IAF is operating a fleet of old Boeing 707 aerial tankers. They will guarantee that the IAF will be able to operate […]

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Leasing a squadron: new ideas grow in the ground of reality

Necessity is the mother of invention. This is very true, but in recent years, this phrase has gained a wider meaning when it comes to the needs of the Israeli air force.It is a known fact that for years the air force always received more resources than the navy or the ground forces.But even with […]

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Big contracts, unnamed clients – a changing world

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. This simple sentence is behind some of the recent arms deals made by Israeli defence and aerospace industries.You only have to look at a world map and identify the neighbours of some of Israel’s worst and most dangerous enemies to have a possible indication of the clients. […]

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Heron TP: the crash, the investigation, the time factor

The Israeli air force’s Heron TP (or Eitan) strategic unmanned air system (UAS) crashed on 29 January during a test flight, minutes after taking off from an air force base in central Israel. The investigation into the crash is currently at its initial stage.The test flight was carried out jointly by the air force and […]

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Israel’s eyes in space – the new generation

Israel is sharpening its eyes in space by developing new optical and radar eyes. The target is to see every small detail in “areas of interest” day and night, winter and summer, 24/7.   The capabilities are very high, more than is reflected in official publications, and they are improving all the time.   The […]

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“Building blocks” in anticipation of a pressing need

The strategy has changed for Israeli companies that are expected to develop the “tools” for the next war. Not big, heavily funded programmes that are aimed at developing one system – rather, an overall effort to develop “building blocks” that will be used for more than one application.Rafael has for the first time admitted that […]

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Arrow + IAI + Boeing = much more than three

This expansion will lead to more than just cooperation between two defence industries. It seems that both sides understand the potential and they will not let it be wasted.   What started in the late 80s as the US funding of an ambitious Israeli programme to develop an anti-ballistic missiles system has become a more […]

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Selecting a main system – not just specs (welcome to reality)

There‫ ‬is no competition aimed at selecting a main defence platform that is not “infected” with political considerations.Israel has avoided these considerations by, until recently, purchasing almost all its main systems from the US, using that country’s Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme.That easy life ended when the Israeli air force short-listed two finalists to replace […]

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The Israeli Air Force and NATO – be out, feel in

The fact that Israel is not a NATO member is considered abnormal by many. Until this abnormality is corrected, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is expanding its operational cooperation with a growing number of air forces.   Some Israeli leaders are convinced that joining NATO would act as a vital deterrent against Iran. But that […]

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“Israeli Air Force One” on hold

The Israeli prime minister and president‫ ‬will have to continue using regular commercial flights or chartered aircraft from Israeli airlines for official visits abroad.The plan to purchase or lease a dedicated aircraft to fly the heads of state abroad was shelved because the current “atmosphere” is not right now for such an investment. The Israeli […]

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