The IAF’s “Samson” gets ready for action

The first Lockheed Martin C-130J “Samson” delivered to the Israeli air force (IAF) is already justifying the Biblical name attached to it. The aircraft was delivered in April, and was subsequently modified to the special needs of the force. The crews of the “Elephants” squadron at Nevatim air base have recently completed installation of some Israeli-developed systems […]

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The Panther that will accompany special forces

Special forces experts recently visited Israel and evaluated the potential operational capabilities of a unique unmanned air system (UAS) being offered by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). A man in civilian clothes came to the IAI main facility, where he witnessed some of the capabilities of a locally-bred Panther. There are no real four-legged panthers in […]

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Coexistence between the IAF and the birds

The main threats to the Israeli air force’s (IAF) aircraft are missiles and other weapons launched from the air and ground. However, there is one enemy that has no hostile intentions but is posing a great danger nonetheless – the many species of birds that share the Israeli airspace with the IAF’s metal birds. On […]

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The harmony between sensors and weapon systems

“Harmony in combat”. This may sound like the ultimate contradiction, but when it comes to modern war tools, it is not. Rafael has unveiled the joint operational capability of its Litening targeting pod with the company’s Spice smart bomb. Last year the company confirmed it is in the advanced stages of developing the fifth-generation of […]

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Swarm UAS technology driven by operational needs

Not many armed forces can afford to purchase big unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that can carry multi-sensor payloads to satisfy the needs of different ground and air forces simultaneously. But now small UAS are proliferating to fulfill these operational needs. UAS swarm technology is advancing quickly, and while until recently there has been doubt about the […]

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Speed is critical in maritime patrol – UAS vs manned platforms

Maritime patrol aircraft have gained greater importance in recent years, countering terror threats from the sea, protecting the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and watching over offshore natural resources. Unmanned air systems look to be the perfect solution. Long hours of “ironing”  huge spans of ocean is a tedious job for pilots and other crew members […]

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Designed in Israel, assembled in the US

It can normally be found on stickers on the back of consumer electronics or optical devices: “Designed in the US, assembled in Mexico.” The combinations vary but they have one aim – to tell the customer that the design was completed in an advanced country while the product was assembled in one with cheap labour. […]

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The “pretenders” that help IAF pilots survive

As war has changed, so has military training. The Israeli air force (IAF) is naturally training for all-out war, but its everyday missions are against targets hiding in densely populated areas, in hostile neighbouring countries. The targets do not have the  sophisticated weapons to confront fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters equipped with the most advanced weapon […]

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The long-lasting patience of the lone hunter

Loitering munitions are very patient hunters. The weapons look for their prey from the air and then kill it. And earlier this week, developers revealed that one type can hunt for more than 6h. Current interest in Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) loitering munitions (LM) proves that wars fought in the last decade demonstrated the need […]

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Smart weapons on basic platforms are a trendy combination

Budget pressures sometimes create trends. A recent one in some countries is to use a very basic helicopter and give it capabilities that were not in the list that guided its developers. So how do you give a transport helicopter the capability to perform attacks on ground targets as a main or secondary mission? The […]

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