V-22 for the IAF – the focus of political turmoil

The proposal to equip the Israeli air force (IAF) with the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has spurred a heated debate in the country’s cabinet. While many in the Israeli defence forces (IDF) see a clear requirement for the tiltrotor aircraft, others consider it a “nice to have”, and very low on the shopping list. Last […]

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Elbit seeks UAS potential amid latest operational demands

The unmanned air system (UAS) division of Elbit Systems is evaluating the latest operational needs in order to enhance its market penetration with new designs. In recent years, the Israeli company has managed to score a number of impressive successes in this competitive market, and while it continues to promote sales of its currently manufactured systems, […]

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Small but meaningful success in an uphill marketing effort

Marketing the Israeli-developed protection system against man-portable missiles (MANPADS) has been an uphill struggle. For this reason, the contract recently signed between Israel’s Elbit Systems and Germany’s Diehl BGT Defence is a big success. Now, for the first time, the system will be installed as standard on military transports – one of the easiest targets for […]

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El Al third-quarter results hit by impact of Gaza conflict

The Israeli economy suffered as a result of Operation Protective Edge this summer in Gaza. The fighting had an across-the-board impact on businesses of all sizes and airlines were no exception. El Al, the largest Israeli carrier, posted a net profit of $10.1 million in the third quarter of 2014, down 82% from $57.9 million […]

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Readying Israel’s air force transport crews for anything

The Israeli air force is honing the capabilities of its Heavy Transport Division. The introduction of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules and the part it will play in many future long-range operations have called for changes in the division’s training schemes. Earlier this year, the Heavy Transport Instruction Center was established at Nevatim air base, […]

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Getting ready for the first F-35 squadron

While there is still debate over the final number of Lockheed Martin F-35s the Israeli air force (IAF) will acquire, preparations for the first squadron are under way. The cornerstone for the squadron hangars and simulator structures were put in place at Nevatim air base a few days ago. “This is a very important event […]

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Growing co-operation between German and Israeli air defence forces

Germany understands the importance of an efficient air defence force – and the value of Israel’s experience. The German air defence unit’s commander visiting Israel is just one example of the growing co-operation between the two nations. Maj Gen Robert M Löwenstein, the German counterpart to the Israeli air force (IAF) commander of the aerial […]

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Growing business traffic prompts Boston-Tel Aviv route

Passengers on the USA-Israel route prefer more direct flights, avoiding New York’s overcrowded hubs. Israeli airline El Al will begin non-stop services between Boston Logan International airport and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport next summer. El Al will operate the tri-weekly flights using Boeing 767-300ERs with 218 seats, including 22 business-class seats The increasing number of […]

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Air-ground co-operation, face to face

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) are accelerating efforts to improve operational effectiveness air-ground co-operation, particularly in what is dubbed “low-intensity warfare”. With that in mind, aircrews of the Israeli air force (IAF) Knights of the Orange Tail F-16I squadron recently visited the Gaza Division of IDF ground forces. The visit was organized by the squadron […]

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IAF aims to distract helicopter pilots with attention-splitting simulator

The Israeli air force (IAF) has developed a cognitive simulator aimed at training its helicopter pilots to perform their functions in the cockpit under a variety of conditions. Helicopter pilots face a range of simultaneous challenges while flying, including operating the rotorcraft’s systems, responding to threats and processing flight data. As a result, their attention […]

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