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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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Robots versus humans – a showdown?

The F-35 is the last manned fighter aircraft. Unmanned air systems (UAS) will take over all the missions currently performed by manned platforms.   These assertions are frequently heard from people that are supposed to know. But if you look at what happens in “the field”, things look different.   In Israel, a world power […]

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Israel and Egypt – looking through the keyhole

This problem is unique and characterises the fast-shifting situation in the Middle East.   The unstable situation in Egypt is a cause of great concern to Israel. Since the peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1979, the Israeli defence forces (IDF) have considered Egypt not as a friendly country, but rather as […]

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The price Israel pays for US military grants – getting higher?

The price Israel pays for receiving an annual defence grant from the US is getting higher.   The grant involves buying only US-made weapon systems, so most of the money goes back to the US. At the same time there are many “strings attached”, and these are made of premium steel.   From time to […]

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