Innovation in aviation continues apace

Technological innovation in commercial aviation has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent decades – reducing cockpit crews from three to two and cutting the number of engines on airliners for long-haul flights from four to two to name only a couple. Another development is on the tarmac. Israel Aerospace Industries and TLD Group have […]

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New Israeli Patriot battery allows “zero time” interception

Not every threat entering Israeli airspace allows enough time to scramble fighter aircraft to shoot it down. Given the short flying time from Israel’s northern border with Syria and Lebanon, the reaction time required is measured in seconds rather than minutes. So the immediate solution is to deploy effective surface-to-air weapons systems. On 23 September […]

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Israeli air force: combined threats require combined tools

Israeli air force fighter squadrons recently took part in a joint exercise with the force’s Northern Regional Control Unit and its air defence units, operating Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to practise intercepting hostile aircraft attempting to infiltrate Israeli airspace. The four-day exercise took place at an airfield that simulated northern Israel. The “Flying Dragon” squadron […]

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Elbit, Rega test head-mounted display for civilian use

Civil aviation often benefits from technologies first developed for fighter aircraft. The latest example of this is the SkyVis Day/Night Head Mounted Display from Israeli company Elbit Systems. Adverse weather conditions can often prevent helicopter air rescue teams executing their life saving search and rescue missions. By improving flight safety and enhancing situational awareness, Elbit […]

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No half-surrender for El Al and its ultra-religious passengers

When an airline accommodates the unreasonable demands of one group of people, they very quickly start to believe  they own it. That is exactly what has happened to El Al. For years, the Israeli carrier has not operated flights on the Jewish Sabbath in response to a demand made by the religious parties as a […]

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Israeli air force pilots get better acquainted with their weapons

“Let me introduce myself. I’m a smart bomb and I would like to demonstrate my capabilities.” This is what happened a few days ago in one of the Israeli air force’s fighter squadrons – with a little exaggeration. The huge variety of weapons systems used by the IAF and the attention the pilots have to […]

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Flying toys, real UAS and a lot of imagination

It’s either-or. Either the Iranian defence establishment thinks the world is stupid, or the world is actually stupid. You can’t fool everyone all the time. I choose the first option. To try and convince the world you are mastering technologies when you aren’t is stupidity, pure stupidity. Every few weeks the Iranians organise ceremonies in […]

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Israeli ministries clash over defence exports

A country’s unified foreign policy exists only in the textbooks of first-year international relations students. In this complex world, which has become even more complex with the recent geopolitical shifts mainly in eastern Europe, every ministry has its own interests and policy. That has recently become apparent in Israel, where the foreign ministry has managed […]

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The Islamic State, Syria, US attacks and a downed Su-24

The “red line” made by Syria was crossed this morning when the USA performed the first strike against Islamic State (IS) targets in the nation. Cruise missiles launched from navy ships and aerial raids targeted IS strongholds in the country. The Israeli air force (IAF) has been on high alert because of the unstable situation in […]

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The ultimate target ‘generator’ for aerial combat platforms

You can run but you can’t hide. This system will find you. Rafael has developed a global orientation system for aerial platforms it claims works in GPS-denied areas and renders maps obsolete. MatchGuide, according to the Israeli company, is one-of-a-kind globally, enabling accurate designation exchange between remote video sources in real time. In addition, the […]

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